Villa Rica Mayor J. Collins has vetoed an ordinance that would allow unfinished subdivision plots to grow unkempt if not developed within a year of clearing.
The change was due to the city’s high number of cleared lots without houses following the 2008 economic collapse, many of which have for years violated the official limit of eight inches of grass.
“I had a lot of complaints from residents who lived in subdivisions where we may have a family living in a home,” Collins said. “There may be a couple lots between them and their neighbor. They don’t want those to grow up.”
The back of an unfinished lot might go untouched, he said, but lots between houses are another story. Collins hasn’t proposed an alternate solution but said he trusts the council.
The mayor claimed the ordinance violates “common sense” when it came up at the council’s June meeting, but it passed 5-0.