City Council Approves Summit Planned Unit Development

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LUMPKIN, GA.- The Dahlonega City Council voted to approve the Summit Planned Unit Development Phase 2with conditions at the meeting on October 4.

The council also appointed a new member to the Downtown Development Authority. City Manager Bill Schmid gave an update on the Head House Project.

The Summit Planned Unit Development or the PUD Phase 2 was discussed at length during a public hearing held before the last city council work session. The developer was able to explain to the council and community what the project entailed. The residents of The Summit also had a chance to voice their opinions on the project. For more information on that visit https://lumpkin.fetchyournews.com/2021/09/21/council-approves-2022-employee-benefits-program/

The PUD was approved with conditions for the developer and future residents. The important conditions where the current residents of The Summitt are concerned are thus, short-term rentals as defined by the code of the city are prohibited, and the buildings will be set back 20ft. For the full list of the conditions visit https://mccmeetings.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.net/dahlonega-pubu/MEET-Packet-bcb52c98d80a4de585d83f401273504b.pdf

“There is strength in numbers, we don’t represent ourselves we represent you all, you coming out here, you did have an impact and we do appreciate what you did,” commented Councilman Johnny Ariemma.

The next item of business at the meeting was the appointment of a new member to the Downtown Development Authority. The council appointed Ms. Wendi Huguley to the authority.

The Council Appointing Wendi Huguley to the Downtown Development Authority.

Huguley is currently the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at the University of North Georgia. She has lived in Dahlonega for ten years.

City Manager Bill Schmid gave an update on the Head House project. After a meeting with potential contractors to answer any questions they have, there are currently mix responses to the project.

There will be a bid on October 15 for the contractors. After that, it will go before the council for a vote with the hope of being completed by Spring of 2022.

City Clerk Mary Csukas reminds the community that the first day of early voting also takes place on the first day of the Gold Rush. There will be a detour set up with signs pointing the way and also citizens will be able to vote at the Parks and Rec.

“I encourage everyone to get out and vote. It seems like the City of Dahlonega’s average is somewhere around 20 to 25% of the eligible voters going to the polls. It’s too important a principle to not take it seriously so I just encourage everyone to go out and vote,” stated Councilmen Ron Larson.

The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a city forum for the candidates on October 12 beginning at 5:00 p.m. At this time not all candidates have said they are attending. For more information visit https://members.dlcchamber.org/events/details/2021-city-council-and-mayoral-forum-66328

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