Atlanta and Brookhaven Project Updates

posted Nov 2, 2017, 6:12 PM by Pine Hills

Please vote!  BUCKHEAD REdeFINED and the Peachtree Creek Greenway are both moving forward.  Both of these projects depend on council support in our respective cities and it is critical that we have a strong Pine Hills voter turnout to show our elected representatives our power at the polls.  PHNA makes no candidate endorsements – what is important is that you vote and that when we approach our representatives with requests, they know that Pine Hills residents turn out for elections.

City of Atlanta

BUCKHEAD REdeFINED – the final report is complete and available on the web: http://livablebuckhead.org/community/buckhead-redefined/   The report lists GA400 Interchange Improvements as a top priority and highlights a feasibility study of a new interchange at GA400 and East Paces Ferry Road.  We will continue to monitor this and report to the neighborhood.  Any interchange at this location requires Atlanta City Council approval.

Zoning “Quick Fixes” – the Planning Department is holding a series of open houses to get community input on a number of proposed quick fixes to the zoning code.  Their website lists the sessions with the upcoming open houses on November 8th, 9th, and 15th: http://www.where2goatlanta.com/events/10509863-Department-of-City-Planning-Zoning-Re-write-Open-House/

City of Brookhaven

Peachtree Creek Greenway – Pine Hills residents turned out in force for the October public meeting presenting the design of the first section of the Peachtree Creek Greenway.  The first section begins at an entry point off the Salvation Army parking lot and ends near Northeast Plaza on Buford Highway.  Main features include 12 foot concrete pathways narrowing to 10 feet in some areas, open fencing along the paths and bridges, limited parking at defined areas, and integration with play areas and apartments adjacent to the path.  The designers indicated that individual meetings with adjacent residents are part of the implementation plan to determine access and privacy needs. Presenters did not address questions posed about crime prevention, referring concerns to Brookhaven Police and City Manager. Planners also indicated that a path along Buford Highway has become the ‘preferred option’ for Pine Hills instead of the path shown on the master plan (following the creek).  This change is good news and we will continue to follow this closely.

North Fork Peachtree Creek WATERSHED IMPROVEMENT PLAN – Kimberly Shorter, Principal Engineer of Sustainable Water Planning and Engineering (SWP&E) presented a study and recommendations focused on the North Peachtree Creek basin.  Problems include fecal coliform contamination, stream buffer encroachment, invasive species, trash and detritus, downed trees, urban infrastructure, fences and “armoring”, erosion and sedimentation. Ms. Shorter identified approximately 40 projects and the City of Brookhaven will prioritize and fund their implementation.  Citizens are encouraged to contact Kimberly Shorter with questions or concerns at kim@sustainablewaterplanning.com 404-410-1188 (O) 404-482-7460 (M). Bruce Williams, chair of the PHNA Creekwatch Committee will continue to follow the plan and advocate for projects in Pine Hills.

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