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Roswell council postpones UDC vote
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
February 14, 2014 04:46 PM | 1645 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roswell city council members on Monday voted 4-2 to postpone a final decision on the proposed new Unified Development Code until Feb. 24.

“I’d like to make sure everyone has time to review the changes we make tonight,” Councilwoman Nancy Diamond said at the outset of the second public hearing on the document. After two hours of public comment and discussion, her motion to postpone passed, with council members Kent Igleheart and Betty Price opposing.

Both of the dissenting council members said they wanted a complete and final list of all the changes, not just a summary, before the decisive council vote on the adoption of the new codes.

Igleheart said he would have had no problem deferring until Feb. 24 if that list could have been provided before then.

Price said she wanted a work session “on the total package or completed draft of what we will be voting on” prior to a final council vote.

But consultant Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio, who assisted the city in drawing up the draft UDC, said it couldn’t be done in that time frame. The earliest would be by March 3, he said. Igleheart and Price tried to get consensus on postponing the vote until March 10, but failed to get support.

Diamond said March 10 is the city’s “drop dead date” to act on the draft without starting the hearing process all over again and she cited uncertainties, such as inclement weather, that could play in to holding that meeting.

A briefing by the consultant on the pertinent changes can be prepared and given to council for a work session before Feb. 24, Diamond said.

“I think having a summary of the changes in one place is not a lot to ask for,” she said.

Mayor Jere Wood said the public would have another chance to speak on the proposed UDC at that meeting.

For more information on the UDC, go to www.roswellgov.com/UDC.

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