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One lane of Wisteria Drive will be closed temporarily April 5

Wisteria Drive closureAt 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, construction crews will temporarily block the southbound lane of Wisteria Drive at the new Snellville Library located at 2245 Wisteria Drive 

This location is indicated in green in the screenshot below. 

A crane will be positioned on the southbound shoulder with outriggers extending into the southbound thru lane. 

Large HVAC equipment is to be hoisted and set onto the library rooftop. 

The northbound lane will remain open during this time.  Crews will employ traffic control measures include road cones, signage and flaggers. 

This work is expected to take approximately four hours, but it is possible it could continue into the afternoon.


Changes coming to residential recycling program; new curbside option

While the City of Snellville remains committed to providing our residents with opportunities to recycle household items, the city will discontinue free curbside recycling service on May 1 as the cost of recycling has increased greatly in recent years and the city is no longer in a position to offer the service free of charge. 

Consequently, the city will transition to a paid subscription-based service for curbside recycling. 

If you choose this option, you will pay an annual fee of $144, and receive a new 65-gallon recycling cart. The fee will cover the 12-month service period. You can call Public Works at 770-985-3527 to set up service. A website will be set up in the near future to take payment online. A mailer with program information and an application will also be sent to residents. 

The deadline to opt in to the new recycling program is April 30. 

As part of the program, the city will provide you with the information on what items are recyclable curbside, and how to avoid contaminating your recycling contents.

If you do not wish to participate in the program, but would like an extra garbage cart, you can pay an annual fee of $120 for a 65-gallon cart.

Residents that decline to pay for curbside recycling service will still have use of the city’s state-of-the-art Recycling Center free of charge. The center is located at 2531 Marigold Road, and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call Public Works at 770-985-3527.


Public Notice - Package Sales


The Mayor and Council of the City of Snellville hereby give notice of the City’s 
intent to make available license(s) to sell distilled spirits by the package within the 
City Limits of Snellville.  Applications are available at City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, 
Snellville, GA 30078 and online at  Applications are due by June 5, 
2023 at 4:00 p.m. and shall be submitted during business hours at City Hall to the 
City Manager, Assistant City Manager or City Clerk who shall document the time 
and date received.  The City Manager will have up to 45 business days to 
determine if an application complies with all Ordinance requirements.  A written 
determination will be sent by certified mail to all applicants.  Should more than one 
applicant meet all the criteria, the Mayor and Council shall appoint an independent 
third party from outside the City limits to conduct a lottery to award the license.  
One license will be awarded in this initial process and the City may issue a second 
license as determined by Mayor and Council.  Applicants are responsible for 
accurately meeting and demonstrating all the requirements in their application for 

Please click here for more information.


Applications available for package sales in Snellville though June 5

Package Sales Application

Package Sales Ordinance

Alcohol License Information

SNELLVILLE — Residents will soon be able to buy liquor in Snellville after Mayor and Council adopted a measure making way for a package store to open in City Limits.

City officials will soon accept applications from entrepreneurs who want to sell distilled spirits. Up to two applications will be approved for two separate locations in the city, with this initial process allowing for one license.

Applications can be submitted until 4 p.m. June 5. A sealed License Application (Package Store) and $200 non-refundable application fee payable to the City of Snellville is required to apply.

Applications can be obtained online or picked up at the Department of Planning and Development on the second floor of City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville. 

City officials suggest applicants become very familiar with the application guidelines before they apply.

All requirements must be fully met for an application to be successful.

A state license must be obtained before any alcoholic beverage can be served or sold in the City of Snellville. Contact the Alcohol & Tobacco Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue at 877-423-6711 or 

All successful applicants will become part of an independent lottery process and the winner’s license is valid for one year from Dec. 31.


Street sweeping in Sector 2 starts Feb. 1

Street sweeping in Sector 2 will take place tomorrow.

Please make sure vehicles are out of the street.

The following are Sector 2 Streets:

Albion Drive

Amberly Way

Anchors Way

Anscot Court

Bellwood Court

Benham Drive

Benhill Drive

Bird Lane

Blackberry Court

Bouldercrest Court

Brookwood Lake Drive

Burlington Lane

Cates Court

Clipper Straits

Club Drive

Colby Court

Colony Circle

Colony Oaks Drive

Colony Way

Cosgrove Place

Crescent Drive

Dogwood Court

Empire Drive

Ferndale Lane

Flagsmoor Drive

Forest Court

Fountain Drive

Gloucester Court

Harbour Oaks Dr

Helms Ct

Hemlock Trail

Hempstead Court

Hickory Lake Drive

Hillshire Ct

Holly Lake Circle

Holly Lake Cove

Holly Springs Drive

Ivy Mountain Drive

Knollwood Drive

Lansbury Court

Lorimore Drive

Manor Court

Maple Creek Court

Masonwood Circle

Medical Way

Masthaven Court

Millbrook Drive

Mornington Lane

Mountain View Road

New London Place

Norton Street

Oak Meadow Drive

Oak Meadow Lane

Oak Meadow Cove

Oakwood Grove Drive

Old Springs Court

Pennistone Way

Presidential Circle

Rawlins Street

Ridgecliffe Drive

Schooner Cove

Shipshire Place

Sterling Creek Court

Sterling Creek Pointe

Stockton Walk Court

Stockton Walk Lane

Stockton Walk Way

Stokesley Way

Stonegate Way

Tanglewood Drive

Victorian Court

Williams Down Circle

Wiltshire Place

Wood Gate Way

Wood Meadow Cove

York Court


City, county team up on sidewalk and water projects

The City of Snellville and Gwinnett County have entered into a new Intergovernmental Agreement that will facilitate the construction of over a mile of new sidewalks on Skyland Drive and Pinehurst Road. The agreement calls for Gwinnett to contribute $800,000 toward the total project cost of $1.9 million with the city covering the remainder with funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress in 2023. New sidewalk on Skyland will stretch from the existing to Rockdale Circle and on Pinehurst from North Road connecting to the Saddlebrook subdivision.

The city is also partnering with another county department, Water Resources, as they will bring waterline improvements to the Valley Creek Circle area, new street paving and coordinated construction as the sidewalk and utility work will overlap on Pinehurst Road. The Intergovernmental Agreement for this work was adopted in late 2023.

“These infrastructure projects will certainly add to the quality of life of residents in these areas and it is only through a great relationship between city and county that makes such progress possible," said City Manager Butch Sanders. "The addition of county financial assistance will allow the Mayor and Council to move forward and plan for more sidewalk additions in the future.”  


Moratorium placed on new CBD stores after Mayor and Council action

CBDMayor and Council have put a sixth-month moratorium on allowing new CBD stores from opening in the city.

City officials say some CBD stores may actually be selling products that are illegal and include elevated levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, the major psychoactive component of cannabis.

“Some of these stores have actually expanded to sell a whole lot more products and there’s not a way to regulate the products they’re selling,” Mayor Barbara Bender said. “And some of (the products) are above the legal limits and they are selling things that are illegal. It’s become quite a quagmire.”

While the moratorium is in place, the Planning and Zoning Department will conduct a study to investigate the current status and propose necessary changes to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance.

“What we want to do right now is put a stop to any new applications coming in for these types of stores, selling these types of products, so that we can put it into our development regulations to require a special use permit which requires them to come before Mayor and Council. At this point we feel like this is the step we can take to try and at least not allow more to open in the city.”

The resolution containing the moratorium approved by Mayor and Council notes, cannabis-based products are largely unregulated under the law the health impacts of CBD and cannabis-based products are largely unknown.

Bender said state Rep. Shelly Hutchinson told her she will bring the issue before the state legislature.

The moratorium went in effect immediately and runs through July 23, 2023.


City tightens regulations on 'Build to Rent' developments

Build to Rent communityChanges to the Unified Development Ordinance were approved that will tighten up regulations on “Build to Rent” developments following action by Mayor and Council last week.

They approved text amendments to the UDO to establish definitions and regulations for certain zoning classes for “Build to Rent” developments – single-family housing developments that have become popular in recent years but have drawn criticism from those who say they do not add to a municipality’s quality of life.

A build-to-rent home is one that has been built for the purpose of long-term rental. Unlike standard apartments and similar, multi-family structures, build-to-rent homes are specifically intended to be an option for individuals searching for a long-term rental residence - several years or more versus short-term leases.

Often these communities are marketed toward individuals and families who can't qualify for a mortgage loan due to poor credit, lack the funds for a proper down payment, or are facing financial hardships.

The changes to the UDO require builders of Build to Rent developments to take part a pre-submittal application review meeting with city officials; increase the length and width of driveways in such developments; increase street and cul-de-sac dimensions; and adds Build to Rent designations to existing residential development codes. The change also calls for the establishment of a property owners’ association in Build to Rent developments which will be in charge of maintenance of the homes and grounds and can be contacted by the city should code enforcement issues arise.

“I would like to say thank you to (Councilman) Tod Warner who has been a champion of these text amendments to our code,” said Mayor Barbara Bender. "These subdivisions, I think are, in my personal opinion, the scourge of the nation. These developments, to me, are very dangerous for our future. They’re a threat to homeownership and I think it‘s going to trap a lot of people in rental situations that they find that they cannot get themselves out of.”

Bender continued, “We don’t have a mechanism that we are aware of that we can totally eliminate or refuse these types of developments so we have chosen to pick out those areas that we typically have with rental properties in residential neighborhoods and try to make some changes to development codes that would help alleviate these types of problems should we have to approve some type of development like this in the city.”



City controller receives financial reporting award

Jan Burke
Jan Burke

For the eighth time in nine years, City Controller Jan Burke was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

Burke was given the award once again for her comprehensive annual financial report.

“It is imperative the city’s finances are compiled and reported accurately,” Burke said. “As a resident of Snellville, I would want to know the city’s finances are being compiled accurately and being treated with the upmost care and respect. I am honored once again to receive this award.”

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, according to GFOA documents.

GFOA advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 20,500 members and the communities they serve.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel of GFOA officials to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.



Street sweeping begins Jan. 16

Street sweeping will commence Jan. 16 in Sector 1 in Snellville.
Crews will be sweeping during the day.

Sector 1 streets include:
Amber Woods Drive
Bennett Ridge
Bent Trail
Berkshire Court
Brookstone Drive
Carolina Wind Court
Chancellor Court
Chaparral Court
Chaparral Drive
Clower Street
Collinswood Drive
Deerfield Run
Dogwood Road
Dogwood Circle
Driftwood Place
Eastgate Drive
Eastgate Place
Eastwood Drive
Englewood Way
Epping Forest Ct
Fabersham Drive
Highriggs Lane
Hills Way
Hugh Drive
Junes Court
Kimberly Way
Lashley Court
Long Street
Meadow Crest Terrace
Meadow Drive
Meadow Hurst Lane
Nt. Zion Church Rd.
Myra Lane
Old Grayson Rd
Pine Road
Pinehurst Lane
Radbury Lane
Ramblewood Way
Ridgewood Way
Roxboro Drive
Shannahan Place
Statewood Court
Thomason Drive
Timber Lane
Town Place
Tuffstown Court
Valley Creek Circle
Valley View Road
Village Court
Vine Street
Wickliffe Court
Wickliffe Place
Windburn Court (Short)
Windburn Court (Long)
Winding Creek Circle
Windsor Court
Windsor Drive
Windsor Lane

The city will notify residents when sweeping in Sector 2 begins.