Happy New Year to all! Another year is complete and so much has happened both within our exceptional city and in surrounding cities and counties as well. As this rapid pace continues, the City Council and I look forward to working with you on new and innovative ways to keep Johns Creek moving forward while still maintaining our premier residential appeal.
The City of Johns Creek would have never reached the heights it has without a vision and plan in place to responsibly move us forward. The schools within our city are some of the most awarded in the state, and we are consistently ranked as not only the safest city in Georgia, but also among the safest and most highly desired residential communities in the nation https://www.johnscreekga.gov/live-work-play.
We kicked off 2017 by being awarded two of the highest credit ratings any municipality or organization can receive in its first rating right out of the gate. Johns Creek received a Aaa rating from Moody’s Investor Service, and a AAA rating from Standard & Poors (S&P) Global Ratings. Out of 20,000 cities rated, Johns Creek is only one of 199 with an Aaa, and only one of 338 with a AAA.
Johns Creek used the high ratings to obtain a $40 million parks bond, which was voted on and approved by the residents of Johns Creek during the general election in November 2016. The city has already begun putting the bond to use with the installation of its first three synthetic turf fields. We will continue to use the funds to help in the build out of our five new parks and refurbishment of our four existing parks.
The most significant addition to our growing parks system occurred when we closed on the 59-acre Quail Hollow property, which will be combined with the adjacent 133-acre Cauley Creek property to form our largest city park. Both properties are strategically located along the Chattahoochee River near the Abbotts Bridge Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The final determination of how the land will be used will be planned through a public process.
Another vital document to keep engaged with is the Johns Creek Comprehensive Plan, which is currently under review. The current version, which is scheduled to be shown to the public for feedback and input this month, reduces the number of community or “character” areas from 12 down to eight. Residents who reside in each character area will have a tailored plan for redevelopment, parks, roadways, trails and other activities that directly impact where they live.
Overall, the plan currently being discussed by the Citizen Advisory Committee is designed to minimize growth and density and, if fully realized, will average less than two units per acre of density city-wide moving forward. Please be on the lookout for the revised version soon, which we will proactively push out when it is ready.
We closed out the year by moving our City Hall into a temporary location while we refurbish a building in Technology Park that will serve as our new home. The consolidation of our City Hall and Police and Fire Departments’ headquarters under one roof will improve our already premier municipal services. We anticipate to move in around late 2018.
We have great momentum heading into the New Year and I hope you remain active and engaged in our efforts to plan for an even brighter future for Johns Creek.
I wish you all great health, happiness, and prosperity for 2018!