DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – The Board of Commissioners approved two rezoning requests for Jim King Thursday, one for ZA 21-08 to rezone 30.48 acres off Hwy. 53 and Forest Road from RA (Residential Agriculture) to RMF (Residential Multi-Family) for the purpose of developing a 145 semi-attached residential neighborhood. The vote was 3-1 with Commissioner Laura Fausett opposed.
The Board also unanimously approved King’s request to rezone 23.11 from RA (Residential Agriculture) and CCB (Commercial Community Business) to CHB (Commercial Highway Business) for the purpose of building a retail/office/warehouse space.
The Board also:
- Approved a request by Robert Garner for a special use permit for the purpose of placing a mobile home on less than 5 acres in a RA (Residential Agriculture) zoning;
- Approved a request by Sal Rincione on behalf of Crave BBQ to vary from the Dawson County Alcohol Ordinance Chapter 6 Article II Section 6.31 – Poured alcoholic beverages shall be transported from point of dispensing to the customer by permitted employees only – for the purpose of operating a self-serving beer wall;
- Approved moving forward with a Public Hearing for a Timber Harvest Ordinance Update
- Approved the emergency purchase for installation of a new commercial hot water heater at Fire Station 1 from K.E. Greene Mechanical/Hydronics for $11,937.78;
- Denied a request by Martin Labaca to rezone TMP 076-126 from RSR (Residential Sub-Rural) to RA (Residential Agriculture) for the purpose of down zoning the parcel.
During the work session, Amanda Wilkson of Bates and Carter presented the annual financial report during the work session. She noted that the county had received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the14th year in a row in 2019 and will receive it again this year.
The report showed that county revenues had increased $3.67 million, or 13 percent, in the last year while expenditures had increased by only $1.4 million, or 6 percent.
Planning Director Jameson Kinley asked the Board to authorize the transmittal of the draft Capital Improvements Element 2021 Annual Update to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission for Regional and State review, as per the requirements of the Development Impact Fee Compliance Requirements adopted pursuant to the Georgia Planning Act of 1989.
Human Resources Director Brad Gould proposed the following amendment to the county employees Handbook whereby employees may receive a one-time payout of up to 40 PTO hours each calendar year for any unused PTO, provided that a minimum of 40 PTO hours must be left remaining in the Employee’s PTO balance not including sick bank subsequent to the payout.
County Attorney Angela Davis presented and update on the Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Dawsonville Concerning Howser Mill Road Construction Project.
Commissioners then began a discussion of the fiscal impacts of a Land Use Report. Chairman Billy Thurmond pointed out that residential property generates only one dollar in tax revenue for every $1.16 invested but a .71 cent investment in commercial property generates one dollar in tax revenue.
“As we try to balance commercial and residential growth, when we look at zoning, this study gives us a lot of good information to do that,” Thurmond said.
County Commissioner Sharon Fausett responded by stating, “This type study shows the importance of balanced growth. A county must have commercial and industrial development to cover the cost of residential growth, especially once the cost of schools is considered. Furthermore, not only commercial land use, but also having and maintaining agricultural land is beneficial because it too generates a fiscal surplus once schools are considered and it provides environmental amenities and benefits to the community. Having a well-balanced digest can help distribute the cost of government while keeping taxes lower.”