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Milton City Council Vote Intended to Retain Crabapple's Character

The form-based code zoning puts form over function. Council also decides if it wants to put beer "growlers" on a future agenda.

Alpharetta already has two "growler" stores announced, and the sale of draft beer in a sealed, big glass jug will become a regular occurrence. On Monday at 6 p.m., June 18, Milton City Council will decide if it wants to put the issue on a future agenda for possible adoption.

Growlers can't be sold in restaurants. Stores selling growlers must have a package beer sales license. A recently adopted state law allows cities to amend their alcoholic beverages ordinance to authorize growler sales, making  it a city-by-city decision. (Counties make the call for their unincorporated areas.)

Monday's vote at will not be about the ordinance. On first presentation, City Council decides if it will hear the proposal at a future meeting, at which time council members can make a decision.

A public hearing will be held on to rezone a property next to Milton City Hall and "behind" Kohl's from community business and office institutional (C-1 and O-I), to allow medium density apartments.

The developer wants to build 256 residential units at an overall density of 12 units per acre.

The proposed change in Crabapple's zoning status also is on the agenda. City Council will consider delete the Crabapple Crossroads section of the Northwest Fulton Overlay, and adopt a form based code for Crabapple.

Form-based code puts emphasis on the design and architecture of buildings in the area. At the last Crabapple Community Association meeting, Ron Wallace explained this will allow the city to control the look and character of the community.

Travis Allen June 19, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I'll take this one, since I'm the Chair of the Milton Historic Preservation Commission. Crabapple is NOT a "Historic District", nothing in the City of Milton has yet been declared "historic" at any level, city, state, federal, although there is a property pending our decision on July 16th and we have been working to define a district for the Crabapple area. If a historic district is created, it will have it's own set of guidelines, or an overlay if you prefer.
No Name June 19, 2012 at 07:47 PM
It may not have a government coronation but I think most residents would deem the area to be "historic" in the loose sense of the word. I think most would agree that wouldn't be the same if all those old buildings near the gravel lots were razed and replaced with new buildings. The old homes with mature landscape add a certain character that is very difficult to create out of thin air. There are many more failed attempts than successful ones. It would be a shame to lose all that "history" (maybe "quaintness" is a better word) simply because the city incentivized higher densities through form-based code. BTW, the brick structures on the west side of Broadwell, and the new buildings on the north side of Crabapple Road just west of the gas station are excellent examples. Keep doing that.
Travis Allen June 19, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I'll agree with you there...I was part of the stakeholder committee and when the consultant asked my likes and dislikes of Crabapple I made myself clear. I like the North side of Crabapple Road and the West side of Broadwell...I even like the South side of Crabapple Road. What I don't like is that the South side looks nothing like the others...there needs to be better connection between the designs. Not that being on the stakeholder committee actually meant we had any significant input. M
No Name June 19, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Yes, exactly Travis! I agree. The south side looks good.... in a beach community.... but doesn't really work with the other parts. Our disagreement seems to be semantical b/c we are on the same page with likes/dislikes.
No Name June 19, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Here is another good description of Form-based code vs. the Euclidean zoning of which most of us are most familiar. Indeed, form-based zoning tends to favor the urban form and higher densities. http://www.miami21.org/TypesofZoningCodes.asp

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