Jul 25, 2014

Jim Moore Property Rezoning Request Denied

The rezoning request and accompanying special use permit would have allowed a 50-bed personal care facility to be built on the property.

Jim Moore Property Rezoning Request Denied

A controversial rezoning request in the Hamilton Mill area has been resolved.

Applicant Jeff Sutton had requested his 6-acre property at 3751 Jim Moore Road in Dacula be rezoned from residential to O-I (office-institutional) for the purpose of constructing a 50-bed personal care facility.

During the July 3 Gwinnett County Planning Commission meeting, chairman Chuck Warbington said Sutton requested the application be denied after learning it was too late to withdraw it. Warbington explained the application could not be withdrawn due to the fact the matter had already been advertised and posted. The planning commission voted 8-0 (with new planning commission member Brad Crowe abstaining) to deny the request without prejudice.

The . Over 300 people signed a Change.org petition opposing the rezoning request. Warbington said in addition to the 300 emails generated by the online petition, he received 150 emails directly. Warbington encouraged those in attendance at the planning commission meeting to contact him directly with planning and zoning concerns. Change.org petition emails do not include signee contact information making it impossible to respond, Warbington added.

With the Jim Moore rezoning case behind them, Hamilton Mill residents can now turn their attention to an .

The 33-acre parcel,  was proposed as an upscale shopping center. The property later went into foreclosure and the new owners have requested a change in zoning conditions to remove prohibitions against 24-hour sales, automotive parts stores, group and congregate personal care homes, full and self-service automotive car washes, drive-in and drive-through restaurants and emission inspection stations.

That case was originally scheduled to go before the planning commission in July, but was moved to August at the request of the applicant.

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