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Pedestrian Safety Task Force: In response to citizens’ concerns over pedestrian safety, a task force has been created to study ways to improve safety for walkers, runners and cyclists. Twelve members of the community have volunteered for the task force. More details will be forthcoming as the group begins to meet and study ways to improve pedestrian safety throughout the city. You can read more here.

Additional Bus Routes Take Commuters to MARTA Stations: Gwinnet County has taken the lead in helping to provide commuters alternatives to driving through the I-85 construction zone. Gwinnett County Transit and Xpress have added new MARTA Feeder express service to take riders from the six Gwinnett and Xpress Park & Ride lots to the Chamblee and Doraville MARTA stations. Parking at the stations has been overwhelmed by the volume and Gwinnett’s express services are a great option to avoid the congestion.

Traffic Alert for Peachtree Corners Circle Lane Closure: Atlanta Gas Light is upgrading aging pipes along a portion of Peachtree Corners Circle. The work will require intermittent lane closures. The area affected will be a one mile stretch of Peachtree Corners Circle between West Jones Bridge Road and Spalding Drive. All work will be done between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Read more about this project here.

Second Monthly Council Meeting Added: Starting March 6, city council began meeting the first Monday of every month in addition to our regular meetings on the third Tuesday. Meetings will be at City Hall at 7:00 PM and generally held in our council training room. Our meetings have been running very late so a decision was made to split the content into two sessions. Mondays will be our work sessions. That is where we will meet to discuss issues and pending items. The Tuesday meetings will generally be where votes occur, although it is possible there will be votes on Monday.

When Do I Need a Permit?: We have all been there, either working on  our own or with a contractor when that dreaded question comes up. Most licensed, competent and honest contractors will be truthful with you about the need for a permit. But it is good to know for yourself. Why would you want to pull a permit for a project? Because it helps to ensure the work is done properly and up to current code. It protects your investment in your home from those who use shoddy practices. Click here to see if you should pull a permit. Many permits can now be applied for completely on-line, streamlining the process.

City Council Meeting – March 21 – Recap

Here is a link to the full packet.

  • We voted on a consent agenda. This is a fairly new item on the City Council agenda. It was implemented in conjunction with stand-alone work sessions. The items voted on were those we discussed at our March 6 meeting. You can read about these in the packet.
  • We approved the Comprehensive Transportation Plan. This document presents the results of a study by Pond that looked at all aspects of transportation in the city, including trails, sidewalks, intersections, and roadways. The plan provides us with a list of possible projects prioritized by time frame (short term to long term), ease of implementation, impact on congestion, and support by the community. Not all projects identified will be done. A project not on the list may become necessary in future. The plan is a guide to this and future City Councils. The project costs shown are estimates and are dependent on actual engineering studies. You can read about the process as well as read the actual plan here.

City Council Meeting – Work Session– April 10

I have attached the packet. Agenda items in the packet are draft copies and for discussion only. They will frequently change based on our discussions. The modified agenda items will generally be voted on in the next council meeting, in this case on April 18.

  • Staff activity reports and updates from Community Development and Public Works departments as well as from  our City Manager.
  • There are several discussion items. Discussion items can be the beginning of further action by the council in future or just a presentation of information. Discussion items include:
    • Code enforcement activities
    • Supplemental GDOT LMIG projects – LMIG is a Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant that we have used to add sidewalks in the city.
    • GDOT concept project – SR 140/Spalding Drive – We have, in the past, discussed briefly the issues with traffic back up at this intersection.
    • Communication Policy – We continue to discuss how best to communicate city policies, issues, and projects with the public.
  • We have minor modifications of the following city code sections based on an audit of our current code by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. The changes are marked up.
    • Stream Buffer Protection Ordinance
    • Floodplain Management Ordinance
    • Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance
  • IGA with Gwinnett County for Election Equipment – The county provides voting equipment through an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for our city elections. We will have a City Council election this November. Eric Christ, Weare Gratwick and I are up for re-election this year.
  • Financial Management Ordinance – This document will guide all city financial decisions. Included in this are guidelines for when spending must be approved by council as well limiting the amount of debt service as a percent of operating revenues. This effectively limits what the city can borrow. It also specifies that the repayment limit includes any borrowing, not just by the city, but by all authorities created by the city, including the Downtown Development Authority and the Pubic Facilities Authority. Any additional authorities created by the city would be included in this limit as well.
  • Special Event Ordinance – Until now, it was difficult for special events like concerts, festivals, movie shoots, etc. to obtain permission to operate in the city. Our Peachtree Corners Festival has operated on a special contract with the city. This ordinance defines the steps needed to hold an event in the city. This will encourage more events and concerts as well as provide a structure for future events at Town Center.

Events

  • Planning Commission – Apr 11 – City Hall – 7:00 PM

There are four items on the agenda. Two items requesting a rezoning in Mechanicsville were carried over from last month as the meeting had to cancelled. There will also be a review and approval of Town Center elevations and a new Chuy’s restaurant at Town Center elevations. Here is a link to the agenda and packet.

  • Food Truck Day – Apr 12 – Prototype Prime – 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Join Prototype Prime on April 12th for an afternoon of lunch and fun! The Atlanta Burger Truck will be serving up some delicious burgers! The truck will be located outside Prototype Prime between buildings 145 and 147 on Technology Parkway in Peachtree Corners. Parking is limited, carpooling or walking is suggested. The food truck accepts cash and credit cards. The first 200 people to arrive will receive a free Prototype Prime T-shirt and more! Coming to the party? Be sure to RSVP here!

You can keep up with our incubator events here. You can sign up for the newsletter here. Click here if you want to learn more about Prototype Prime and how your tech startup can benefit.

  • PCBA – Speaker Series – Legislative Update from Scott Hilton – Apr 20 – Ippolito’s – 5:30 – 7:30 PM

The evening will start with networking, food, and appetizers on the covered patio at Ippolito’s followed by a Legislative Update from Scott Hilton including a Q&A Session. This is the perfect opportunity to hear the most recent updates from the 2017 Legislative Session. You can see more information and register here.

  • UPCCA Great American Cleanup – April 22 – Various Locations – 9:30 – 11:00 AM

The UPCCA is teaming up with our city officials again this year to clean up streets around our beautiful city. The event is part of The Great American Cleanup™ sponsored by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. The Great American Cleanup™ represents the nation’s largest annual community improvement program. Volunteers will work in small teams to clean up litter and illegal signs around some of the roads in Peachtree Corners. All supplies including a bright colored vest, gloves, bags, large grippers and water will be provided. Children 12 years old and above are invited to participate with an adult.

Rain Date: Saturday, April 30, 9:30 to 11 am. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Matt Lombardi at mattlombardiupcca@yahoo.com.

  • PCBA Business After Hours Networking – May 11 – Ba Bellies – 5:30 – 7:300 PM

Enjoy live music, networking with great friends and business partners, while enjoying a selection of tasty appetizers and a choice of wine, beer, or other selected beverages. Click here for more information and to register.

As always, please feel free to e-mail me, or call or text me at 404 786-4825 with questions or ideas. You can also sign up for the monthly newsletter and bulletins by clicking here.

 

This post courtesy of  Jeanne Aulbach’s recent email update
Peachtree Corners City Council At Large – Post 4
peachtreecornerswalker@gmail.com

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