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Council approves special called meeting for potential moratorium

44-lot development also approved

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MILTON, Ga. — The Milton City Council will meet Wednesday for a special called meeting to consider placing a moratorium on development abutting property lying in another jurisdiction.

The move follows concerns raised at Monday’s City Council meeting that there is no requirement for buffers along the transect zones where they border other cities.

The issue was raised after an Alpharetta resident who lives near a bordering Milton T-4 zone (residential and commercial) shared concerns over a lack of buffer on a proposed development along Broadwell Road. Under the Crabapple form-based code, a buffer would not be required between the potential development and the Alpharetta homes it borders.

The development in question was set before Milton’s Design Review Board on Tuesday.

Though the moratorium would not affect the latest development, the potential 30-day development moratorium would put a hold on any new submissions along the city’s borders in transect zones.

City Manager Steve Krokoff said the language was not written in the form-based code because transect zones do not typically use buffers.

He used Downtown Crabapple as an example. Both commercial and residential areas are present without buffers because the city controls how developments will look, thereby passing the need for buffers. But that area lies well within the city, and there is currently no language on developments bordering other cities.

Krokoff said if the City Council approves the moratorium, it will give the city time to “more sharply identify” the issue.

The special called meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday in the City Council chambers.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the City Council approved Kensley Ph. II, which includes 44 lots at 5.218 lots per acre.

The development is the second phase of the townhome development along Webb Road and Ga. 9.


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