Name, Age: Stephen L. Peet, 56 years old.
How long you’ve lived in the city: I have lived in Peachtree Corners 23 years in April, moving from the other side of Norcross in 1988.
Education background: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1980.
Family: I have been married for 26 years to my wife, Dianna. Our sons, Sterling, Taylor, and Devon, all attend Georgia Tech. My daughter attends Norcross High School in the International Baccalaureate Program.
Occupation: Senior Project Manager for AT&T responsible for planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of data centers. I am experienced in long-term, strategic planning and policy, as well as budgets, contracts, and standards.
Political Affiliation: Republican, although this is a non-partisan election.
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian.
Membership & Affiliation:
« Member, ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
« Chairman, AT &T Midtown Center Power Review Board,
« Adult scout leader in Atlanta Area Council (AAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Have you had a previous civic or public involvement? I have represented our residents in many capacities on school committees, homeowner’s boards, and rezoning committees. In addition I have provided volunteer leadership for many community organizations.
« Course Director of AAC’s BSA National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), 2010 to present,
« Boy Scout Leader, since 1995 as Cubmaster, District Trainer, Troop Committee Chairman, and currently the Advisor to BSA Crew 525,
« Roller Hockey Coach, 1997 – 2009 for over 20 teams,
« Founding member of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), GEMS/AKS (Curriculum Review) Oversight Committee, 1996 to present,
« Steering Committee member for the GCPS Social Studies curriculum realignment, 1998,
« Committee Member of the GCPS Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, 2007 to present,
« Parent volunteer at Norcross High School, since 2002 (Band, Robotics Team, Hockey Team, etc.),
« Committee member on the Local School Advisory Committee for Simpson Elementary, 1995-2002,
« Membership Chair of the Peachtree Station Homeowners Board 1991-1994,
« Member of several multi-HOA rezoning committees (prior to UPCCA) meeting with developers on different projects,
« For fun I was the Peachtree Station Swim Team DJ/Announcer for 7 years.
What is the driving force behind your interest to serve on the Peachtree Corners City Council? I have been an active and involved citizen in Peachtree Corners since we moved here 23 years ago. It is an exceptional place to live. As the cityhood debate gathered momentum and culminated with the Peachtree Corners Incorporation Referendum in November, I realized that the limited service City-Lite concept would give us an opportunity for local control of important aspects of our government without excessive overhead and taxes. Running for City Council is a natural extension of my interest in serving my community
What challenges do you see ahead for the new City? The first Peachtree Corners City Council will set up the foundation for the new city using the unique City-Lite concepts. The immediate challenge will be to set up appropriate intergovernmental agreements with respect to the services, cost and quality, that the city will provide (zoning, code compliance, and solid waste management) and that Gwinnett County will continue to provide (police, fire, EMS, and everything else). It is important that the agreements comply with the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) Act to avoid misinterpretations and possible legal action and related expenses. Since the limited services model is a new model for a city framework, our success in implementing it will be of interest to others. We will need:
« Open communication and dialogue on a personal level,
« The best fit for our community with emphasis on low overhead and high responsiveness,
« Proven leadership and management skills.
I believe we can meet this challenge as we engage in the exciting work of building our new city.
What should the central mission of the city council be? The mission of the City Council should be to preserve and improve the quality of life for Peachtree Corners residents. Specifically, the City Council should provide the services designated in the city charter in the most efficient manner possible. These services may only be changed by a referendum approved by the voters. In general, the City Council should support the vision of Peachtree Corners as a Live-Work-Play community that is attractive to residents and has a positive business climate.
Do you see any current zoning changes you would recommend and why? The City of Peachtree Corners should initially adopt the current Gwinnett County zoning. After developing a detailed Peachtree Corners Master Plan for Land Use we can decide, with resident input, what changes we would like to implement, if any.
How would your office approach business development in the district? Cultivating a positive image of Peachtree Corners for residents and businesses alike is a proper role for the City. It attracts new citizens and brings businesses to serve them. One of the cornerstones of the City-Lite concept as envisioned for Peachtree Corners is that the City will provide comprehensive city planning for development through zoning. Zoning is based on the Master Plan for Land Use. Long range planning for development and redevelopment will help us encourage business growth in the community.
Ask and answer your own question that will help voters decide how to vote. OR Simply state in under 250 words why voters should vote for you? On March 6th the voters in Peachtree Corners will have the unusual opportunity to elect the first City Council that will work to build a new city. My professional experience includes many skills related to business, policy, and planning, which will be helpful as a City Councilmember. In addition, my engineering and operations background qualifies me to provide fiscally conservative leadership in a municipal setting. . The combination of my professional experience and background, my volunteer leadership in the community and my dedication to Peachtree Corners qualify me to serve as a City Councilmember. I look forward to working with my Peachtree Corners neighbors to establish our new city.