The first quarter of our transformational calendar year is in the books, and the City Council and City Staff are eager to engage with you more as planning and actions on our strategic goals are either underway, just on the horizon, or in need of additional input.
I was very pleased that you are attending our various Town Hall meetings and Public Information meetings. We will continue to do our best to address your questions and ensure continued transparency throughout the process.
We have many projects in the pipeline and I encourage you to keep abreast via the City’s website, through one of our social media platforms, or through the City’s newsletter.
Many of the projects were planned not long after the City incorporated in 2006 and have been included in a number of planning documents such as the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the North Fulton Transportation Plan, and prioritized in the City’s Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax
or TSPLOST list .
While we are making a great deal of progress on reviewing the City’s Comprehensive Plan a year ahead of schedule, more work and input is needed before we can complete this important task. The City hosted a 3-day workshop in January that included residents, City Staff, and consultants. In addition to transportation, the plan also touches on future development, opportunities, and is used to provide a framework for the future of our community. If you have not already done so, please take the time to review where we have been and where we are going, take the online survey
, and feel free to contact us direct anytime with your thoughts and ideas .
Another series of projects I anticipate will kick off later this year include the build out of our five new parks and the refurbishment of our four existing parks, which will all look and feel new once complete. Our expanded recreational amenities will provide something for everyone from kids and families, to young adults and seniors of all abilities. There is still time for you to provide input to our parks design plans. Information regarding the City’s Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan and proposed parks design can be viewed here
The City took a giant step forward with the effort to grow our parks system last month when it received the highest possible credit rating from the nation’s largest rating agencies, Moody’s Investor Service and Standard & Poors (S&P) Global Ratings. The Aaa and AAA ratings, respectively, enable the City to move forward with securing its $40 million bond for parks construction, which the residents overwhelmingly approved on the general election ballot last November. The high ratings position the City to receive bonds with the highest credit quality at a lower interest rate and thus save taxpayer dollars.
I am also very encouraged about the next big step we are taking to restore the old Rogers Bridge across the Chattahoochee River connecting park facilities for pedestrians and cyclists in Johns Creek to Duluth. We continue to work this project in partnership Fulton County, Duluth, and Gwinnett County.
It is truly a transformational year as we continue to plan and move forward with projects that will modernize our premiere residential community. I encourage you to keep track with all we have in the planning stages and remain engaged throughout the process. Let’s work together to keep Johns Creek the exceptional City it has become by using 2017 as a springboard into our next decade.
Mayor Mike Bodker