Dear Milton Citizens, Friends and Neighbors - I hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable summer. This year's second annual Milton Citizen's 4th of July Parade was another great display of love of country and community. There were decorated bikes, wagons and horses and everything in between. Thanks to those who were able to participate.
Meanwhile there are some very important meetings approaching dealing with the future of Milton. I encourage your participation because without it the results may not reflect your desires for future growth, development patterns and parks and recreation. Your voice and opinions matter now more than ever. This upcoming week there are two City sponsored activities that are designed to solicit the input of citizens regarding Parks and Recreation and the Comprehensive Land Use Plan:
Parks & Recreation Meeting - Thursday, July 16th 6:00 p.m. at City Hall
Your input is needed regarding what type of parks and recreation you desire for Milton. Come prepared to discuss your expectations and ideas for both active and passive recreation, styles of parks, whether you support land acquisition for additional green space and more. Your presence and proactive participation matters. Please do not assume your ideas and goals for this critical component of our community will be addressed by someone else.
Comprehensive Land Use Planning Meeting Saturday, July 18th at City Hall
Two sessions - 9a.m. till 12:00 or 1:00 p.m. till 4 p.m. Charettes -- which are interactive sessions that involve citizens in land use, transportation, rural preservation and development pattern decisions - will be facilitated by our consultant ECOS Environmental Design, Inc.. These sessions could be the most important element of the Comprehensive Land Use Planning process so far as citizens will have a direct hand in helping shape the future of Milton. You will be asked to weigh in on where development should occur, where it should not, which areas should be preserved, whether new commercial and office activity nodes should be allowed in certain areas such as New Providence and Birmingham Highway area, where roadways should be expanded or not and much more. Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in at least one of these two sessions on Saturday, July 18. Bring a family member, a friend and a neighbor. Your opinions and voice will have a direct impact on the future of our community. This link will provide additional input on this meeting.
Other City of Milton Meetings -
There are a variety of other City meetings taking place in the next few weeks including the Monday, July 20th Council meeting at which two Special Use Permits will be on our zoning agenda (scroll down for more details), Historic Preservation Committee on July 15th, Planning Commission on July 28th, etc. Please see the right margin of this release for details. You can also use this link to view the City of Milton calendar.
In other news, the City of Milton now has live, web streaming capabilities for Mayor and Council meetings, Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and Design Review Board meetings. This is a terrific way for citizens to view real time discussions taking place at these various city meetings. Public participation at the actual meetings is still critical, but this allows citizens that otherwise can not attend in person to have a first hand view of discussions and decisions being made. Link to streaming video!
It is an honor and privilege to represent you, your families and your interests. Your opinions, ideas and questions matter to me and help ensure I am representing the desires and expectations of the majority of citizen's, so keep your comments coming. I am available via email, phone or to meet to discuss matters of interest to you. Continue to enjoy your summer and time with family.Thank you for placing your trust in me. All my best -
Julie Zahner Bailey
Milton City Council
Upcoming Rezonings/Use Permits
U09-01/VC09-01, Frank Schafer, 13120 Arnold Mill Road (Deferred from 4/27/09 to the 5/18/09 and again to the July 20 Council meeting)
Requesting a use permit for a landscaping business on 1.74 acres at a density of 3,908.04 square feet per acre (Article 19.4.27). Applicant is also requesting a 3-part concurrent variance:
1) To delete the 50' buffer and 10' improvement setback along the west property line from the right-of-way for a distance of 140' (12H.3.1 Section C.1).
2) To delete the 50' buffer and 10' improvement setback along the east property line from the right-of-way for a distance of 140' (12H.3.1 Section C.1).
3) To allow a sign located less than 10' from the right-of-way (Article 33 Section 21.C).
Use these links to view the two analyses prepared by staff on this case. The first link provides the initial staff analysis followed by a changed analysis as found in second link.Staff analysis of 2/24/2009Staff analysis of 3/24/2009Updated Staff analyses will be available via the City of Milton calendar/agenda - please review prior to July 20 hearing.
U09-02/VC09-02, Rob Nestor, 15150 Birmingham Highway/Taylor Road,
(Deferred several times due to additional variances identified - now coming to July 20 Council meeting)
Requesting a use permit for a landscaping business on 3.926 acres at a density of 387.92 square feet per acre (Article 19.4.27).
Applicant is also requesting a 3 part concurrent variance:
1) to allow access from Taylor Road, a local street (Article 19.4.27.B.1).2) to allow the existing strucures, a gravel drive and septic system to encroach into the 50-foot undisturbed buffer and 10-foot improvement setback along the south property line as shown on the site plan (Article 12H.3.1.C.1).3) to allow the existing structures along the south property line as shown on the site plan to remain within the 50-foot setback adjoining the AG-1 District (Article 19.4.27.B.3).
Updated Staff analyses will be available via the City of Milton calendar/agenda - please review prior to July 20 hearing.