February 2018

Have you ever thought about the future of our city?  What it will look like in 20 years?  If you had the opportunity to help shape the future of the city you live in, would you?
 
These are just a few of the questions we have regarding the future growth and potential transformation of our premier residential community.  And make no mistake, Johns Creek will change regardless of whether or not we have a plan in place to address this eventuality.
 
The plan cities follow, which is designed to guide development and to help ensure long-term sustainability, is known as the Comprehensive Plan.  The first Johns Creek Comprehensive Plan was approved in 2008, and we will ask residents to review the second draft of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan over the next several weeks. 
 
The City began this process in September of 2016. The plan seeks to preserve and protect residential neighborhoods and strategically manage future development growth.
 
To accomplish this overarching goal, we combined the support of community development planning professionals from the City Staff with outside technical analysts, along with a Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) comprised of Johns Creek residents.
 
Following the initial draft of the plan by the CAC in the fall, we continued to solicit public feedback to further refine the document, and we are now at the next step of this process.  I encourage you to take a look at the next version of the draft plan as soon as we have it ready for general public review.  We will post it to the homepage of the City’s website as well as send it out via the city’s various social media and e-newsletters.
 
The latest draft version of the Comprehensive Plan that staff and CAC are working is designed to preserve our existing neighborhoods by reducing the number of new units per acre; form community areas with individual identities and to encourage more community involvement in what happens in ”your backyard”; improve our transportation connectivity both along our roadways and pathways; provide premier parks and recreational opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities; and improve the city’s economic base by retaining current businesses and attracting new businesses that fit the character of Johns Creek.  
 
After the next draft plan is presented to the public and we receive another round of community input, staff will make final revisions and present it to the City Council.  The City Council would then like to move forward with the next step in approving the plan.
 
The City belongs to all who live here and its future is in our collective hands.  Let’s continue to work together to keep us moving forward at a measured and sustainable pace.  I believe we are on the right path, but it will take your continued involvement to help keep us there.
 
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to make Johns Creek one of the most highly desirable cities not only in the state of Georgia, but in the nation as well.  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about the direction the City is moving.