With an astounding 200+ homes impacted by the proposed McGinnis Ferry Rd Widening, one has to ask “How did we get here?”.
Nearly 2 years ago, the City of Johns Creek, negotiated a deal with Forsyth County to place a radio tower on the County line. In exchange, the City agreed to the widening of McGinnis Ferry Rd, all on Forsyth County’s terms. Below in yellow are excerpts from the IGA.
A. The City agrees to the following:
6. To work in good faith with the County in advancing the Project, to include cooperation and assistance with, to include the joint submittal of, any permits, grant(s) or funding requests and/or regulatory approvals.
Also within the IGA is more questionable judgment. So rather than, line the road the best way possible, the City is looking for the cheapest way possible.
Of course, Forsyth wants to pursue the cheapest option as they are paying the bulk of the expense. But we have one of the wealthiest counties working with one of the wealthiest cities. Why would we not work to do it the right way rather than the cheapest way that can get approved?
Look at the half-assed traffic roundabouts we have because we were trying to do it on the cheap. Now everyday drivers who use it can be reminded of what a lousy job the City of Johns Creek did.
The City agrees, however, that the primary – but not sole – consideration in establishing and approving the alignment is the minimization of Project costs;
Finally, the most daunting statement, that will impact families, property values, and communities: Eminent Domain.
ARTICLE 2 AUTHORIZATION TO ACT IN THE CITY
The County shall have the requisite authorization to undertaken any and all necessary activities within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City in furtherance of the Project, to include – but not be limited to – land acquisition, eminent domain, land disturbance, permitting…
The government takes possession of private property for public use, with payment of compensation.
Our City agreed to allow Forsyth County eminent domain over Johns Creek properties.
Source: City of Johns Creek