Around Town News – December 3, 2018

Good Afternoon Ball Ground:

The Cherokee Tribune/Ledger News has received a press release from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that they have awarded State and Federal tax credits for a 60 unit workforce housing complex to be constructed on a 20-acre tract in the City of Ball Ground off Northridge Road. The City of Ball Ground has not received any type of notification from DCA.

We at the City, along with our legal counsel, have sent correspondence to the Commissioner of DCA, Mr. Christopher Nunn outlining our position, and urging them to relook a number of items, that in our opinion, warrant a re-examination of the application that was submitted by Rea Ventures. We also in this correspondence made DCA aware that the City of Ball Ground would not invest any dollars in infrastructure improvements to support the development of this site. Construction of roads to access the property, construction of sewer to service the property as well as upgrades in the water system to support fire protection for a multi-family development would be at the expense of the developer, not the City of Ball Ground.

A second application for workforce housing was reviewed by DCA, that was submitted by TISHCO, for a 78 unit complex on Old Canton Road. We were notified by the applicant that this particular application was denied.

We are requesting a face to face meeting with the Commissioner of DCA to resolve the issues we have identified.

In the coming weeks, there will be a lot of information in the community concerning this proposed development. As always, some will be accurate, some will not. We will do our best to keep the community informed of the facts.

In Other matters:

The next monthly meeting of Mayor and Council will take place on January 10th, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Items on the agenda so far include the 2nd reading of a grease control ordinance and an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Downtown Development Authority Board. Mayor and Council will also take action on a host of annual appointments to boards and committees as well as re-adopt the City of Ball Ground Zoning Map and Zoning Ordinance.


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