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City Council Approves Rezoning for New Landscaping Supply Business

Also discussed during the Work Session was a BYOB ordinance and a joint SPLOST project list with Gwinnett County.

City Council approved the rezoning request to permit Green Brothers to operate a garden supply center on a site located near Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Buford Highway.
City Council approved the rezoning request to permit Green Brothers to operate a garden supply center on a site located near Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Buford Highway.
Come spring, Peachtree Corners residents and landscapers will have a new garden supply company to shop.

At its Tuesday meeting the City Council approved a rezoning request to permit Green Brothers, a 60-year-old Atlanta based company, to build a garden and landscaping supply center in a mainly industrial area located near Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Buford Highway.

The 1.75 acre parcel is the site of a former lumberyard that burned down some years ago. Green Brothers will sell landscape timbers, Bermuda and Zoysia sod, stone, mulch, pine straw, sand, gravel, decorative pebbles and other landscape supplies.

"This area is located near an intensive commercial node," said Community Development Director Diana Wheeler who recommended City Council approve the rezoning request. Wheeler noted that today C-3 zoning is required for businesses such as a lumberyard, but back in the 1970s only a C-1 zoning was needed.

Green Brothers business owner Mike Laroway said the company plans to be open during the first quarter of 2014. "We want to get this open by spring, by March 1st if possible." 

During the Work Session SPLOST project plans were discussed. City Manager Julian Jackson said that the 16 Gwinnett cities were working with the County on joint transportation projects and should have a list to present at the next City Council meeting scheduled for December 17.

The Community Development Director also brought up an idea for the council to consider - a BYOB ordinance. She said there had been interest from some in the business community that don't have a wine, beer or liquor license. 

"The purpose would not to get around licensing," said Wheeler. The ordinance would instead be for those businesses such as art galleries, spas, theaters and other businesses that normally would not have a need for a beer and wine or liquor license to allow customers to bring in their own bottle of wine at an event.

She said it may also benefit higher-end restaurants who would like to offer the service to diners who may like to bring in a special bottle of wine to enjoy with their dinner. Restaurants located in areas that do allow customers to bring in their own wine typically charge a corking fee.

Council member Phil Sadd suggested taking a survey of Peachtree Corners restaurant owners to find out how they view the BYOB ordinance.

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