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Friday, March 21, 2008

Important Milton Permit Could Hit Snag

by Jason Wright www.northfulton.com / Milton Herald

MILTON-- The completion of an important permit process for the city might have hit a stumbling block that could have unintended consequences for rural Milton.The permit, called the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, is paramount for the city to receive state funding. The city has the permit contingent on passing two local ordinances: a litter control law and something called the conservation subdivision use ordinance.

The reason for those ordinances, City Attorney Angie Davis told City Council at its March 10 work session, is because Milton is part of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. As such, Georgia law requires Milton to pass both ordinances.As it is written, the subdivision conservation law is meant to increase green space and reduce impact to local waterways. It has long been a part of the permit process.

Unfortunately, it's generally meant for more urban areas than Milton and could force developers in the city to increase their density to meet its requirements. In addition, it supersedes Milton's existing zoning laws that guard against high density development.Luckily, Davis said Milton doesn't have to pass the exact ordinance that's on the books, only something "substantially similar." So that leaves some wiggle room for the city to argue its case against the potential of higher density."I think the purpose [of the law] is to encourage lots of green space ... and I think in the city of Milton we do that a whole lot with our land classifications as we have them," she said.However, she admits it's not going to be easy to convince the Georgia Environmental Protection Division that Milton is doing enough on its own.

"They have their little box, and we don't fit in that box," she said.Council agreed to look at the proposed law and provide insight into what Davis and Community Development Director Tom Wilson can create to fulfill the requirements.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Call in JJ and what's left of her posse and let them straighten out this mess before we have more density !!

Anonymous said...

This is going to be interesting. Let's see......now that our mayor "has taken back our city", how they can make this work.

He and his fellow council members now have a majority on the council, so they should be able to do anything they want. Right?

Oh, and if we don't get this money because they can't get a bill passed, who do we blame? As the previous post say, JJ and her posse? I think not.

It is time for the city council to start to get things done and stop all of their internal bickering. We are already have Tina running for Mayor (yes, that was what that phone call you got was all about). We don't need people trying to get a leg up on one another, we need people that are willing to make things happen. Not just say no to everything.

Has anyone asked what would happen to the city of we don't get this money? Or some of the other money that is in front of the legislature right now? From what I hear, we will have a hard time making ends meet. And that is not good, unless we want to go back to being a part of Fulton County.

Anonymous said...

Tina for mayor - Oh say it isn't so. Enough of these people......We need fresh faces.

Anonymous said...

We did not get a call from Tina. Will you enlighten us on the call?

Anonymous said...

Actually the mayor and council are moving forward and getting things done. It takes a little time to fully correct things on the council, but it seems to be working.

If you look at all the "internal Bickering" and negative press, it has only the names of the two remaining rebel council members and they are up for re-election next year.

PS: The "taken back the city" was a comment from Julie Bailey, not the mayor.

Anonymous said...

The City belongs to the people, not the Council.

Anonymous said...

Says who?

Anonymous said...

Great, now if we can get the Board of Education from building schools on septic on top of our creeks and streams and polluting them, then maybe we can get a park on Freemanville for the entire community. What a concept! A 116 acre park on a beautiful creek in the middle of our City. Sounds nice to me.

Anonymous said...

Horton Says Who. Hah.

Anonymous said...

Without questions we need more parks, but before we go spending more money on parkland, how about we develop the 200 acres that we already own at the Birmingham crossroads? Might make some more sense.

also re the "Take back our...." comment, Joe said that in one of his My Milton ads. They were his words. I am sure that Julie echoed them, but he came out with it first publicly.

Anonymous said...

I thought Tom Wilson had left...can't we prevent him from entering City Hall?

Anonymous said...

Tom Wilson does not seem to be the problem here.............

Anonymous said...

Maybe Joe "Campbell" Lockwood...GA's lamest Mayor.... will spend a million dollars of our tax money to "buy" some land from the Bankrupt United Methodist Church, so they can stay solvent but still use the land at our expense, after we get our money back from Fulton. It may get worse around here before it gets better, imho.......

Anonymous said...

Did we execute the wrong people in Novemeber? Why is JC doing fairly well, if slowly, but we are still in a tailspin? For a lurker, can someone tell me who JJ and the posse is....is that the rap guy who bought the mansion here recently or what? Sometimes when I look at this blog, it looks like the same three people and no real info!!!!! I keep hearing Deliverance music in the backgound!!!!

Anonymous said...

After reading these posts, it seems like some have been smoking that wacky weed.

To those not knowing who JJ is, have not been here long enough to comment on this blog.

Anonymous said...

JJ is Jan Jones, and I am sorry for the rudeness of the above moronic poster. Information/ education is what we all need.

Miltonville said...

Joe has been a wonderful mayor. If you had to deal with what he does on a day to day basis you might only put out fires.

Anonymous said...

Would someone please be so kind as to explain what the poster was saying about the Methodist Church going Bankrupt?

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of Milton buying up land. We need green space. If residents cannot use it then it needs to be used where the public has access.

Anonymous said...

You want information...Agree with Miltonville, Joe has been a wonderful mayor.

Green space....we had plenty of green space before the strip mining began and all the overly educated transplants appeared on the scene. Not only have you taken our green space but also the wildlife habitat and polluted what was once a wonderful area.

You want education...can't help you there, since you already seen to know everything.

We await your apology.

Anonymous said...

That sounds like good ol'e "OB" with his lame comments. Consider the sourse!

Anonymous said...

"OB" here....Spelling was not your forte, was it "GH"?