Mayor Bodker Seeks to Hire Urban Designer for Johns Creek. Within Bodker’s 2017-18 Budget, is spending $150k on 3 new staff.
- Urban Designer $70k
- Graphic Designer/Illustrator $35k
- An attorney for the Unified Development Code $45k
The Capital Project request was indicated hasand is noted for the Strategic Plan 3.1 & 6.4
- 3.1. Develop Redevelopment Plans for commercial nodes in the city
- 6.4. Develop a Town Center Plan (including location determination) by end of FY 2017: Catalyst, Municipal Complex, Arts Center, Conference, and Hotel Space
Also noteworthy. 3.1 in the Strategic Economic Development Plan is similar:
Objective 3.1: Promote available sites and buildings. The city has a limited number of vacant sites and available buildings.
Interestingly, the Urban Designer is paid significantly more than the attorney position. Both are part-time positions.
This is highly controversial and questionable, for the local government to develop plans for the private property. What if there is tremendous opposition to these “Urban Designs” and the council denies the rezoning of said plans, the city facilitated in making? These initiatives put the city, property owner, and developer in a precarious situation.
Source: City of Johns Creek budget, pages 81,82,83