Two Greenways in the Parks & Rec Strategic Plan Presentation are under criticism for encroaching on private properties.
The proposed ‘Johns Creek Greenway’ would be a trail along the ‘Johns Creek’ from the Chattahoochee River to McGinnis Ferry Rd.
Most of the land along the creek is owned by multiple property owners and homeowners associations. Several of these property owners were at Monday night’s city Council meeting and spoke out during public comment.
The common sentiment among the homeowners is they do not want to sell any part of their backyard to the city for a public trail. The property owners do not want the public to have access for privacy & safety reasons.
Eminent Domain & Right of Way Acquisition was also a main concern of these homeowners.
The other proposal in this strategic park plan is a ‘Chattahoochee Greenway’ to go along the Hooch River from Barnwell Road up and through to McGinnis Ferry road.
Much of this property is owned by either the National Parks Service, Golf Courses & Private Homes.
Subdivision homes with Riverfront Properties:
- Country Club of the South
- River Ferry
- River Farm
- Winfield on the River
- Ammersee Lakes
- St Ives
- Quail Hollow
All of the Subdivisions (except River Ferry & River Farm) have 24 hour security or gate entry. A public trail going along the river will counteract the privacy & security measures the homeowners are paying for.
Golf Courses on the River
- River pines
- Atlanta Athletic Club
- St Ives Country Club
Public access to the Golf Courses could also lessen the prestige and value, as the possibility of people on the trail walking up on the gold course. Fencing would spoil the golfers’ river view.
During the July 21st Parks & Rec Strategic Plan Presentation, the hired consultant Mack Cain, discussed the potential greenways and private properties and he felt property values go up with a trail. Mr Cain stated he typically “gets all this resistance” from homeowners about the trails and they eventually start cooperating to get to that trail…