After weeks of delay, Snellville seems to have conceded that it has no legal right to stop a proposed crematorium. Faced with neighborhood opposition, the City Council had delayedissuing a business permit so it could conduct environmental studies. City Manager Russell Treadway spent two weeks researching the environmental impact of crematories and announced at the City Council meeting that he found no hard evidence that crematories are dangerous.
While conceding that the crematorium could legally open, the council did approve a new ordinance allowing city employees to regulate the emissions from crematories.
UPDATE: Here are the meeting minutes from the Council’s July 31 Meeting and August 25 Meeting. Seems the delay was not due to the environmental study. Instead, parking requirements seem to be the basis of the delay. There was a motion for an investigation regarding the crematory Certificate of Occupancy, zoning application, and subsequent permitting or any other issue was made, but failed 3-3. The city has the authority to call for an investigation into the “affairs of the city or conduct of any department, office, or agency”.