Oct. 27, 2016
Our first Planning Workshop kicked off at 7PM on October 27, 2016 at City Hall. We had over 30 residents participate in our first meeting. For this meeting we sent out email blasts and advertised at local events such as the Johns Creek Arts Festival. We encourage all that visit this webpage to tell your neighbors or friends to join us as we move through this exciting and fun process!
This meeting introduced the general public to the comprehensive planning process and highlighted aspects of their 2008 Comprehensive Plan. We informed the public of our website and online survey. You can find and read a copy of your 2008 plan here!
A detailed presentation on demographics was given to the community to give them conditions from 2008 and today. This presentation is posted on our Public Outreach page and here. We expanded on this demographic presentation through feedback from our Community Advisory Committee meeting on October 8th, 2016.
The 2008 Comp Plan was reviewed including the previous Vision Statement and character area maps. In this plan there are 12 character areas which will be discussed at our next public meeting. Should they be condensed or kept the same based on a 20 year vision? These are important questions to think about.
The Project Team then went over an existing conditions analysis which shows a current snapshot of land use, zoning, transportation conditions and civic amenities. We also presented vacant land and shopping centers with low vacancy rates.
The Project Team then conducted a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis. The public was divided up into 8 tables where they discussed strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to land use, economic development, and transportation. This type of initial analysis is great at generating ideas and starting the discussion of a twenty year vision. The consultants circulated and answered questions during this time. The results will be posted on our Public Outreach page. Each table read aloud their responses. We heard responses about traffic congestion, preserving the single family homes, expanding the bike/pedestrian network and the desire for more arts and cultural activities.