In another attempt at Urbanizing Johns Creek, Councilman Steve Broadbent and Bob Gray were Task Force Members of the Strategic Economic Development Plan (SEDP).
This plan reads like is a taxpayer funded redevelopment project for Technology Park. We saw this presented to us last spring with the plans for the ‘District’.
Once again we must raise some serious questions.
- Why is the City of Johns Creek leading this push to redevelop Tech Park?
- Why isn’t Tech Park leading the push to redevelop Tech Park?
- Why are our tax dollars being spent to enrich select private property owners?
- What exactly is wrong with our City and why are we trying so hard to change how we are perceived?
Objective 1.2: Adopt a unified vision for Technology Park
Why is this a concern of the City in the first place? What is Tech Park’s vision for Tech Park? Why is the City working so hard on behalf of this select property owner?
Strategy 1.2.3: Develop a marketing plan to inform the community of the plan
Once again, why is the City developing a marketing plan for Tech Park? Why isn’t Tech Park developing a marketing plan for Tech Park?
Strategy 1.2.4: Develop a multi-year funding plan for redevelopment of Technology Park
Yes! Fund this redevelopment over multiple years. Read that again! Ask yourself why the City is doing this for Tech Park?
Strategy 1.2.6: Update Land Use Plan to allow for mixed use development in Tech Park.
That sounds like apartments in Tech Park, and allowing them without going through the zoning process.
Objective 2.3: Develop water and sewer infrastructure to encourage business growth and key development sites.
This must be a LOT of development if our current sewer system cannot handle additional toilets.
Strategy 3: Incentive Development of more inventory on existing parcels.
Hmm thats sounds like increasing density.
Objective 4: Identify key parcels that can be SHOVEL-READY.
Meet with landowners/developers of Parcels greater than 2 acres to determine action needed to develop shovel ready sites. Incentivize increasing density and mixed use development on remaining
potential park vacant land.
Yes… We must develop land over 2 acres and forget about parks. Yes! Our Government needs to provide incentives to increase density on remaining vacant land!!
Above are some highlights. To read the full report, click here.
Councilman Steve Broadbent stated this plan is critical to work we are doing on the district.
Do you think 141 and Johns Creek Parkway needs redevelopment of privately owned properties and additional growth? Is our top rated City under capacity?
If this redevelopment was such a great idea why doesn’t Tech Park come forward with this plan as zoning case, just like every other land owner and developer has to do? Mr. Rees Waite of Tech Park Atlanta was also on this SEDP Task Force.
Sources: City of Johns Creek, Consultants: Strategic Planning Group & T.Y. LIN INTERNATIONAL