Cherokee County Commissioners have raised objections to a planned residential development the builder wants to have annexed into the city of Canton.

The proposed annexation involves approximately 76 acres of land along Doss Lane and Old Doss Lane for the purpose of developing a new residential subdivision on the site. When looking at the case, the commissioners and other county officials had several concerns about the plans being put forth.

According to Principal Planner Margaret Stallings, the county engineering department noted that Old Doss Lane in the area of the property is substandard and that, if the development were being built on unincorporated county land, the county would require the developer to make improvements on the road for it to meet the needs of residents, while fire department officials weighed in that the International Fire Code calls for two entrances into a development of that size.

One suggestion Commission Chairman Harry Johnston had was that the county could invoke the dispute resolution process on the case, but could withdraw it if the developer agreed to make the necessary upgrades to Old Doss Lane. Additional suggestions included voicing concerns that the development did not appear to be consistent with the county’s future development map and ensuring reasonable buffer or screening was put in place between this subdivision and neighboring properties.

Johnston then made a motion to submit a letter to the city, notifying them the county would be invoking the dispute resolution process to protect the county’s rights, but would be withdrawn if the developer paid for road improvements, while also requesting Canton consider the other concerns the county had. After being seconded by District 1 Commissioner Steve West, the motion was unanimously approved.

In other business, commissioners:

♦ Approved the consent agenda, which included -

♦ The final acceptance of all public rights-of-way, roadways and drainage structures in the Centennial Lakes POD 7B subdivision

♦ Acceptance of subgrant agreements for the juvenile court, DUI/drug court, treatment accountability court, drug accountability court and veteran’s treatment court

♦ A budget amendment totaling $150,128 for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services regarding COVID-related expenses and trauma equipment, accepting a subgrant contract through the Atlanta Regional Commission and a related budget amendment of $173,369 regadring CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act money for local senior services

♦ Declaring a Ford F-250 truck from the Cherokee Marshal’s Office surplus to be donated to Gilmer County

♦ Agreeing to the $10,421 cost with Amicalola EMC of relocating utility lines impacted by the bridge replacement project on Lower Dowda Mill Road over Sharp Mountain Creek, was approved.

♦ A memorandum of understanding among the county, the City of Canton and the Cherokee County School District Police to establish the county’s E-911 Center as the Public Safety Answering Point was approved.

♦ A motion to engage in a “Mask Up” campaign put forth by Gov. Brian Kemp was approved.

♦ The commissioners approved a policy by resolution that would allow for deputies of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, as well as certified employees of the Marshal’s Office, Fire Department, Solicitor General’s Office and District Attorney’s Office to retain their firearm when retiring, provided they have at least 20 years of service and retire from the agency in good standing.

♦ Permission was granted to allow for construction activity during prohibited hours to take place at the Publix at 4403 Towne Lake Parkway. County Manager Jerry Cooper said this was not specifically construction work nor noise related to actual construction, but instead allowed for refrigeration trailers to be located and operating at the site, holding refrigerated goods while work took place inside the store to renovate areas where these items are stocked.

♦ Under the announcement portion of the agenda, everyone was reminded that the communication division’s survey to learn how residents want to receive news and information from the county was ongoing and would close on July 31.

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