Woodstock to mull new rules for developers
by staff reports
September 09, 2012 04:02 PM | 2125 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock City Council will consider implementing form-based code during its meeting on Monday.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Chambers at City Center in downtown Woodstock.

Form-based code is a diversion from traditional methods of zoning where planners relied on categories to regulate what could be built.

Form-based code requires developers to address the impact their projects would have on the environment, pedestrian safety and transportation prior to getting the stamp of approval.

Ridgewalk Holdings, LLC, which owns about 110 acres in the area where the new Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta are being constructed, has challenged the city’s plans to implement the changes.

The council during its Aug. 27 meeting tabled the proposals.

The council will also consider amending the city’s zoning map to designate three areas with new formed-based codes: infill village in two areas and new community town center in one area.

City Manager Jeff Moon will also provide the council an update on research staff is doing on self-insurance programs.

The council will also consider a partnership with ECOtality North America that would study the use of electronic vehicle charging stations.

The agreement would call for the company placing six charging stations throughout the city at no cost and up to $1,000 for each unit for the cost of installation.

Staff is recommending that two of the stations be placed at the Wheeler Street parking lot adjacent to the ATM at Acru, one in place of the current charging station behind Freight Kitchen and Tap, and three in an on-street parking area adjacent to Walton Apartments and the home slated to house the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.

Other items on the agenda include:

* The council will present a proclamation to celebrate the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance;

* The council will present a proclamation celebrating Constitution Week;

* The council will review July 2012 financials;

* The council will consider approval of a contract to outsource the city’s information technology help desk;

* The council will consider approval of a project that would explore upgrading the existing firewall at Magnolia Hall in order to improve network speed and reliability;

* The council will consider approval to sign a memo of understanding Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District to continue participating in the toilet rebate program;

* The council will consider approval of an amendment to the sidewalk construction, landscape installation and sign agreement with Walton Properties, which stipulates city has no obligations incurred by the company with respect to certain slivers of land which have been conveyed from Walton to the city;

* The council will consider approval of an alcohol license request Texaco Food Mart at 9068 Highway 92;

* The council will consider approval of a granting of parking rights agreement with Walton Proeprties;

* The council will consider approval to abandon a portion of right-of-way along McAfee Street;

* The council will consider approval to establish the rank of corporal to patrol shifts in the police department;

* The council will consider approval of an emergency extension of the apartment moratorium in the Ridgewalk area; and

* The council will consider approval of a request from the Woodstock Downtown Homeowners Assocation to be reimburse for monthly streetlight expenses.
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