The Canton City Council voted to approve a revised version of the Sanitary Sewer Capacity Policy policy that was discussed at the Nov. 7 council meeting.

This draft marks a shift away from a proposed six-month moratorium on new development applications and toward making decisions based on available sewage capacity.

The original draft policy stated that in order for the city to accept any application for a permit for construction or land disturbance, the developer must submit a letter outlining the project, so that the city can then determine whether sewer capacity is available for the development. Decisions on approval would be based partially on the availability of sanitary sewer capacity.

If it is determined that sewer capacity is available, applications and plans can be accepted for review.

The revised final version of the draft is the same except for an added section that states that once a Land Disturbance Permit is issued, the Land Disturbance Permit shall be approved for one year. If no activity has begun at the end of this period, then the Land Disturbance Permit will be null and void. The sewer capacity will also be released from the project.

The council also decided to table the request made by Parks Huff an attorney for Loyd Development for conditional use permits for 252 apartment units located at 591 Jackie Moore Lane and for 208 apartment units at 1010 Marietta Road due to traffic concerns that still have not been eased.

Increased traffic in the area and traffic flow coming in and out of the entrances and exits on Jackie Moore Lane and Marietta Road have been big concerns among the Planning Commission, as well as the members of the City Council. The ability to provide wastewater services was also a concern that was brought up at the last meeting.

Ward 1 Council member JoEllen Wilson said at the last meeting that 460 apartments could put stress on Marietta Road in regards to traffic. She, as well as the rest of the council, still had concerns about traffic in the area at Thursday’s meeting.

These requests will be discussed at the next council meeting on Dec. 5 with the applicant providing more information to the council regarding the traffic flow coming in and out of Marietta Road and the amount of increased traffic that could come to the area because of the apartment units.

The council also voted to postpone indefinitely a possible change in the traffic flow around Cannon Park due to the construction of the parking deck in downtown Canton.

“What I want to suggest is, because this change will get rid of some parking spaces and we will have a parking deck pretty soon, why don’t we wait until the parking deck is in before we re-adjust the traffic flow,” Wilson said.

In other business, the council approved an additional allocation for the Cherokee County Historical Society from the hotel motel tax fund amendment. The society will be given an additional $15,000 to further improve the historic Rock Barn property.

Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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