The Ball Ground City Council had four annexation cases, along with a rezoning matter, on its agenda to make a decision on at its most recent meeting.

The first petition of annexation to go before the council, along with the rezoning item, both dealt with approximately 10 acres of land along Northridge Road. Along with bringing the land into the city limits, a request to have it rezoned from agricultural to zero lot line residential for the development of single-family residential units had been submitted by the developer. The first reading on the annexation portion of the case had been held during an earlier meeting, leaving the second reading all that was left for this project to move forward.

“This is the property that’s right in the curve, right?,” Councilman Frank Homiller asked.

Mayor Rick Roberts responded, “Yes. It’s adjacent to Cherokee Village.”

City Manager Eric Wilmarth added that it was between the 372 South subdivision and Cherokee Village Drive.

A motion was put forth by Councilman Mickey O’Malley to approve the second reading of the annexation, which was seconded by Councilman John Byrd and approved in a unanimous vote of the council.

The rezoning portion of the case was then brought before the council. Roberts said the planning commission had recommended approval of the rezoning, but did put forth a handful of conditions to go with this recommendation. These conditions included having five-foot sidewalks on each side of the interior street, six-foot sidewalks along the Northridge Road side of the property and requiring one of the three pocket parks shown inside the development to have playground equipment installed there. Wilmarth mentioned how, under the new fire code adopted by the state, developments with at least 30 residences must either have a second access point, or the houses must have a sprinkler system installed.

“They’ve made the decision to go ahead and sprinkle the houses, so each of these houses will have a fire suppression sprinkler system in them,” Wilmarth said.

The council approved the application in a 5-0 vote.

Following taking care of both phases of the Northridge Road case, the Ball Ground City Council approved the first reading of three annexation petitions. One involved 21 acres at 560 Old Dawsonville Road, one surrounded half an acre at 619 Old Dawsonville Road and the final petition was for 1.34 acres at the end of the public access road on Roberts Lake Road. The 21 acres on Old Dawsonville Road, Roberts said was part of a larger piece of property, the other half of which was already in the city, but this half had remained in the county. The nearby half-acre up for consideration was related to this, as it would become an island of unincorporated Cherokee County if the council moved forward with annexing the 21 acres down the street. Lastly, Wilmarth said the city had purchased the land at the end of Roberts Lake Road for the purpose of developing a trailhead for Roberts Lake Park, but it had not been annexed yet, and that it would become an unincorporated island as well due to the other two petitions being considered.

Motions to approve the first reading of all three of these annexation petitions passed in unanimous votes of the council.

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