November 2018

It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed since the adoption of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan. While the City has grown and changed during that time, it’s clear to me that one thing has remained the same: your continuous commitment to making this community a great place to live, work, and play.
 
Residents, property owners, stakeholders and others have committed to preserving their residential communities while enhancing the overall quality of life here in Johns Creek. 
 
So when it came time to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan, you were engaged and involved to ensure those values and desires were implemented into the Plan. 
I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those who voiced their opinion at the 16 public meetings and presentations, provided input online, or sent feedback via email and phone. Public input meetings and numerous listening sessions all of which were held throughout the City lead up to the adoption.  I appreciate you taking the time to relay your thoughts and this plan echoes your input.
 
Last month, City Council adopted the 2018 Comprehensive Plan that incorporates the strategies, goals, and objectives that uphold your commitment. 
It’s very exciting to see that this community-led planning process created a document to preserve and protect residential neighborhoods and carefully manage future development growth within the City. The document outlines a vision with goals, priorities, and a clear course of action. 
 
The plan also identifies eight different community areas, which include: Autrey Mill, Johns Creek North, Medlock, Newtown, Ocee, River Estates, Shakerag, and Tech Park.  The adopted plan will guide and prioritize current and future projects within each of these areas.  You can view the plan, and locate your community area, by visiting http://www.connectjohnscreek.com.
 
Examples of prioritized projects include construction of the new park properties (purchased in 2016 and 2017) with Park Bond funds, improving the capacity of certain roadways, and studying the feasibility of roundabouts and left-turn lanes to improve traffic flow and increase safety while entering and exiting neighborhoods. The Plan will also help guide the development of potential Town Center concepts for the area located adjacent to the new City Hall and Linear Park. 
 
With the adoption of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, the City’s next steps will include the revision and fine-tuning of current zoning codes and the development of localized master plans to add architectural standards. There’s also greater specificity to the Plan’s established allowable heights, densities, uses, and visual examples of desired development. 
 
This was an extensive two-year process that would not be successful without the hard work of the Citizens Advisory Committee, input from hundreds of residents, and efforts by City staff. The Comprehensive Plan is a major achievement and represents the consensus of community stakeholders – all because of your input and engagement throughout the process. 
 
Going forward, we will need your continued input and engagement in our community. Please remain active and involved in our City – participate in surveys and questionnaires and attend City events. We need your help to have a collective, focused effort to maintain our path of success.
 
Also, if you have not already done so, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up for your neighborhood’s Nextdoor site to help remain informed with the latest news from the City. Please feel free to contact me at mike.bodker@johnscreekga.gov or call 678-451-3313. It is my honor to serve as your mayor and I look forward to assisting you in any way.