Gwinnett County Current Issues

Pope & Land and Partners Selected for Peachtree Corners Mixed-Use Development: One More Step to Go

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section | Comments Off

Council Member Pope & Land Enterprises was selected along with Fuqua Development and AMLI Residential as the “top-ranked” team for to develop a $150 million mixed-use town center in Peachtree Corners. Three project teams had submitted development proposals for the town center in August, with the Fuqua team winning out over the other two groups. The project would stretch over 31 acres, including over 20 acres of city-owned land. The proposal for this mixed-use development includes 356 high-end apartments, 150,000 square feet of...

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Gwinnett Advisory Hosted Commissioner Tommy Hunter for September 24th Advisory Committee

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section | Comments Off

The Gwinnett Advisory hosted Commissioner Tommy Hunter for its September Advisory Committee on Tuesday, September 24th. This breakfast meeting was sponsored by Southeast Culvert, Inc. and hosted at Anderson, Tate, & Carr. At the meeting, the Commissioner discussed economic development issues with members, and answered questions regarding development issues such as the upcoming SPLOST in Gwinnett County.

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Gwinnett County Stormwater Authority Recommends Changes to Stormwater Pipe Standards: Council Voices Concerns

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in City of Berkeley Lake, City of Buford, City of Dacula, City of Duluth, City of Grayson, City of Lawrenceville, City of Lilburn, City of Loganville, City of Norcross, City of Rest Haven, City of Snellville, City of Sugar Hill, City of Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section, Regional Issues | Comments Off

Gwinnett County Stormwater Authority Recommends Changes to Stormwater Pipe Standards: Council Voices Concerns

What is old is new again in Gwinnett County, as the Council for Quality Growth finds itself yet again addressing the stormwater pipe standards, only a decade after addressing the first of major changes, the fourth time since 2001. In 2006, the Council spent extensive time and effort helping reach a compromise between development interests, pipe manufacturers and county staff that appeared to be working for the last seven years. Council President & CEO Michael Paris spoke last Friday before members of the Gwinnett Stormwater...

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Gwinnett Advisory Hosted Mayor Bucky Johnson on August 27th at Andersen, Tate & Carr

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in City of Norcross, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section | Comments Off

The Council for Quality Growth hosted Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson on August 27th for the Gwinnett Advisory Committee, sponsored by Anderson Tate Carr. Mayor Johnson discussed ongoing projects in Norcross, as well as upcoming developments that will improve the Norcross area, such as a new SPLOST that will soon come to a vote. At the meeting, advisory members also discussed proposed changes to stormwater pipes that have re-emerged in Gwinnett County.

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Senate Study Committee on Public Transportation Meeting on August 22nd Held at GDOT

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in City of Atlanta, Cobb County, Cobb County Current Issues, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section, Regional Issues, Regional Transportation Issues, State Issues, State Transportation Issues | Comments Off

The Senate Study Committee on Public Transportation in the Metropolitan Atlanta Region met August 22nd at the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), where they heard testimony from experts from MARTA, GRTA, Cobb County Transit, Gwinnett Transit, and the ARC.   According to Senator and Council Board Member Brandon Beach, Chair of this Study Committee: “The purpose of the Study Committee is to look at the existing four transit systems, MARTA, GRTA, Cobb Community Transit and Gwinnett Transit  to see how we can get them to come...

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Gwinnett County to Hold August 26th Meeting for SPLOST Citizen Project Selection Committee

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in City of Berkeley Lake, City of Buford, City of Dacula, City of Duluth, City of Grayson, City of Lawrenceville, City of Lilburn, City of Loganville, City of Norcross, City of Rest Haven, City of Snellville, City of Sugar Hill, City of Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, Gwinnett County Public Meetings, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section | Comments Off

Gwinnett County residents will have the opportunity to vote on a new three-year SPLOST on November 5, 2013. The SPLOST, with a primary focus on transportation, was approved unanimously last Tuesday by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. If the SPLOST is victorious at the polls, it would take the place of the current SPLOST, which expires on March 31, 2014; the potential new SPLOST would expire in March 2017. The new program will potentially raise a maximum of $489 million. Gwinnett County would receive 78.9%, with 21% slated to be...

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Gwinnett County Commissioners Approve Three Year SPLOST for November Ballot

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in City of Berkeley Lake, City of Buford, City of Dacula, City of Duluth, City of Grayson, City of Lawrenceville, City of Lilburn, City of Loganville, City of Norcross, City of Rest Haven, City of Snellville, City of Sugar Hill, City of Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Members-only Section, Members-only Section | Comments Off

Gwinnett County residents will have the opportunity to vote on a new three-year SPLOST this November. The SPLOST, with a primary focus on transportation, was approved unanimously this Tuesday by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. If the SPLOST is victorious at the polls, it would take the place of the current SPLOST, which expires on March 31, 2014; the potential new SPLOST would expire in March 2017. The new program will potentially raise a maximum of $489 million. Gwinnett County would receive 78.9%, with 21% slated to be...

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Gwinnett County Proposes Changes to Stormwater Pipe Standards: Public Hearing on July 26th before Stormwater Authority

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in City of Buford, City of Dacula, City of Duluth, City of Grayson, City of Lawrenceville, City of Lilburn, City of Loganville, City of Norcross, City of Snellville, City of Sugar Hill, City of Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, Gwinnett County Public Meetings, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section | Comments Off

What is old is new again in Gwinnett County, as the Council for Quality Growth finds itself yet again protecting the interests of Council Members, only a decade after addressing the first of major changes to pipe standards, the fourth time since 2001. A brief history of the pipe negotiations in Gwinnett County: In 2001, the industry agreed to eliminate 2 ounce galvanized pipe and replaced it with Type 2 aluminized corrugated steel pipe; In 2006, the county asked the industry to provide a product that offered a 100 year service life and again...

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Gwinnett County Closer to Unified Development Ordinance Approval

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in City of Buford, City of Dacula, City of Duluth, City of Grayson, City of Lawrenceville, City of Lilburn, City of Loganville, City of Norcross, City of Snellville, City of Sugar Hill, City of Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section | Comments Off

Over the last year, Gwinnett County Planning staffs have met with stakeholder groups as the County looks to finalize and adopt the newest Unified Development Ordinance by Summer 2013. The Council has remained engaged throughout the process by not only serving on the Unified Development Ordinance Committee, but also hosting Bryan Lackey at Gwinnett Advisory Committee meetings and at Council offices to offer input and development industry perspective on the proposed ordinance. The Ordinance is based on Gwinnett County’s 2030 Unified Plan...

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City of Duluth Puts Out Request for Qualifications for Two Downtown Areas

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in City of Duluth, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section | Comments Off

The city of Duluth has put out a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for two areas in downtown Duluth. The first area known as “The Block” will be developed into restaurants and retail. Some of the criteria the city requires for consideration of development are listed below: Sustainable employment opportunities Economic value through sales tax revenue Unique restaurants with patio and/or rooftop dining options Maintains integrity of pedestrian environment The second area, known as the “Urban...

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Housing Market Experiences an Upturn in Metro-Atlanta

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Cherokee County, Cobb County, Cobb County Current Issues, Forsyth County, Forsyth County Current Issues, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section, Regional Issues | Comments Off

Good news for Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee and Forsyth Counties regarding the housing market. Collectively, the five counties have issued over 8,000 new home permits between April 2012 and March 2013: Gwinnett: 98% growth Cherokee: 78% growth Forsyth: 68% growth Fulton: 68% growth Cobb: 45% growth This significant growth follows a tumultuous number of years for the construction business following the recession, but the increase in housing permits signify a light at the end of the tunnel. An increase in the housing market has many...

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City of Duluth Puts Out Request for Qualifications for Two Downtown Areas

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in City of Duluth, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, Gwinnett County Public Meetings, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section | Comments Off

The city of Duluth has put out a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for two areas in downtown Duluth. The first area known as “The Block” will be developed into restaurants and retail. Some of the criteria the city requires for consideration of development are listed below: Sustainable employment opportunities Economic value through sales tax revenue Unique restaurants with patio and/or rooftop dining options Maintains integrity of pedestrian environment The second area, known as the “Urban...

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Special Gwinnett Advisory Guest: Congressman Rob Woodall

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Georgia General Assembly, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, State Issues | Comments Off

Special Gwinnett Advisory Guest: Congressman Rob Woodall

Sponsored by: At Tuesday’s Gwinnett Advisory Committee Meeting, Council Members heard the latest happenings at the U.S. Capitol from 2nd Term Congressman Rob Woodall. With over 40 Council members in attendance, the crowd heard the Congressman’s concerns for the President’s healthcare plan and his emphasis on not just curtailing the rate of the growth of government, but his focus on cutting spending and a need for local citizens to play a larger role in what laws are passed in D.C. “We are trying to bring those...

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Gwinnett Chamber Selects New President and CEO

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Past Gwinnett County Issues | Comments Off

Starting July 1st, the newest Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO will be Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman. Dr. Kufman is the charter president for Georgia Gwinnett College and has extensive experience in planning and business development. Over the years, he has earned a reputation for  promoting community initiatives that have demonstrated a record of building consensus among diverse communities. Dr. Kaufman received his Bachelors degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Masters of Public Administration from...

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Gwinnett State of the County

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Georgia General Assembly, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, State Issues | Comments Off

On January 16, the Council for Quality Growth, in partnership with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, held its annual State of the County address for Gwinnett County. Commission Chairman, Charlotte Nash, addressing an audience of over 500 about what not only happened last year within the county, but also the direction she would like to see Gwinnett go in the upcoming year by stating the new board of commissioners were, “Poised and ready to begin a new chapter”. Chairman Nash highlighted some of the great things Gwinnett County...

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Georgia Gwinnett College Receives High Marks Nationally

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

A HUGE congratulations is in order for the leadership at Georgia Gwinnett College for their highest ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s College Compass rankings.  In just six years, GGC has grown to the 10th largest school in Georgia and was recognized in the top 10 Southern public colleges at number six, and was the second-highest ranked public college in Georgia. To learn more, click HERE

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Gwinnett County Commission Welcomes Jace Brooks

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

  The Council for Quality Growth would like to congratulate Jace Brooks in his new role as District 1 Gwinnett County Commissioner.  Commissioner Brooks previously served on the Suwanee City Council for the past 10 years, including serving multiple times as Mayor Pro Tem.  Jace earned his BS in Finance from Louisiana Tech University and also has two Masters Degrees, an MBA from Georgia State University and MA from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He earned his Certificate of Financial Planning from Emory University in 2007...

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Gwinnett Advisory Hosts Commissioner-Elect Tommy Hunter

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

The Council for Quality Growth will be hosting Gwinnett County District 3 Commissioner-Elect Tommy Hunter to the September 25th Gwinnett Advisory Meeting to talk about his vision for Gwinnett in his upcoming term.   Hunter is a father of two from Buford and brings engineering experience to the Commission. He is a former county staffer who has served on the Water and Sewerage Authority and Planning Commission.  Council members should make plans to attend the breakfast Advisory meeting held at the Council’s Boardroom at 8...

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Gwinnett Chamber President Retiring

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

Gwinnett County Chamber President Jim Maran, who has been at the helm since 2003 has announced that he will retire at the end of 2012.  Maran has guided the Chamber in its effort to bring jobs to Gwinnett and foster a positive relationship between the county and business community. The Council for Quality Growth would like to thank Jim for his service and dedication and wishes him well on his future endeavors. CLICK HERE to read more.

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Gwinnett County Welcomes Two New County Commissioners

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

A certified re-count Tuesday night cemented Tommy Hunter as the newest member of the Gwinnett County Commission, after defeating District 3 Incumbent Mike Beaudreau in his bid for a third term by a mere 57 votes.   Hunter has previously served as DOT Coordinator for the Department of Public Utilities and as a member of the Gwinnett County Water and Sewerage Authority, serving as Secretary of the Authority in 2008. In the race to fill the unexpired term of former Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, former City ofSuwanee City Councilman and Mayor...

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Peachtree Corners City Council Unanimously Votes to Lift Moratorium

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section | 0 comments

At a special called meeting of the Peachtree Corners City Council, the Mayor and Council unanimously voted and agreed to lift the current moratorium that has been in place since May 1, in what had become a controversial decision by the new city.    Mayor Mike Mason had repeatedly stated that “The moratorium was designed to provide a stable and orderly transition of planning and zoning services from Gwinnett County to Peachtree Corners.”  The Council for Quality Growth met with Mayor Mason and explained our concerns regarding the...

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The First I-85 Diverging Diamond Interchange Promises a more Pleasant Commute

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, Gwinnett Place CID, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

Construction on the new DDI at the I-85 and Pleasant Hill Road interchange is slated to break ground soon. Much like the brand new diverging diamond interchange at the I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Road interchange has, officials hope the updated interchange will provide congestion relief to the areas commuters. The new interchange will consist of new lights, lanes, and a safeguarded sidewalk area. Commuters will have direct access to interstate entry lanes, and will exit the highway on the left side of the bridge, thereby reducing congestion....

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Mason Remains Confident as Peachtree Corners Budget Cemented

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

Holding strong, Peachtree Corners is on track to remain operational just under the promised 1 mill property tax increase at .85 mills. Although nearly 2 million dollars over the Carl Vincent Institute’s feasibility estimate, Peachtree Corners continues to take shape as the city’s budget is solidified. Regarding the substantial difference in the studies figures and the City’s budget, Mayor Mike Mason ensures, “The report did not recommend a specific dollar expense budget for a first-year city facing unknown risks and approximately...

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Sugarloaf Gets One Section Sweeter, Phase One Closer to Completion

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

The newest section of Sugarloaf opened for public use at 4:30 pm on July 2, 2012. Gwinnett County officials held a ribbon cutting on Monday to open section three of phase one of the Sugarloaf Extension Project. The section connects Sugarloaf from the West Campbell Road Interchange to State Route 316 Interchange. The SPLOST sales tax program provided funding for the section, and constructed two of the four planned interchanges at State Route 316. Highlights of the section three, phase one segment include: 2.3 mile extension of Sugarloaf...

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Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason Featured at Gwinnett Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section | 0 comments

Tuesday, Peachtree Corners’ Mayor Mike Mason was the featured guest at the Council for Quality Growth’s Gwinnett Advisory Committee meeting.  Mayor Mason gave the Council members a background on the beginnings of Peachtree Corners, which is soon to be Gwinnett’s largest city.  Peachtree Corners currently has a population of 38,000, but that is expected to grow to 58,000 in the next two decades.  Gwinnett County will provide public works, police and fire, through intergovernmental contracts, while Peachtree Corners will have authority...

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Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Approves Local Project List for the Regional Transportation Referendum

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

On May 22, The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the local project list as allowed under the Transportation Investment Act.  If the one-cent sales tax is approved in the July 31st referendum, the county will begin to dispense over $133 million to targeted projects in unincorporated Gwinnett.  This list includes, but not limited to, major road projects along I-85, rehabilitation and resurfacing, partner projects with cities and CID’s, intersection improvements and school safety improvements. You can access a list...

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No One Puts This City in the Corner: 90-Day Moratorium Approved by Peachtree Corners City Council

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Featured, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section | 0 comments

In an effort to thwart a last minute licensing rush, the City Council of Peachtree Corners took swift action Tuesday in a specially called meeting and planning session. The moratorium was unanimously approved by the City Council in advance of July 1, 2012; the date Peachtree Corners will officially begin operating as an incorporated city. The moratorium is not a preventative measure so much as it is a mechanism being implemented to ease the transition of Peachtree Corners from community to city. Included in the moratorium are all zoning and...

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Peachtree Corners Moratorium Discussed at City Council Meeting

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

At the May 15th, 2012 Peachtree Corners City Council meeting, the 90-day building moratorium placed by Gwinnett County was a major topic of discussion.  This moratorium was placed with the intention to avoid a problem faced by Johns Creek when a company was able to get permitting before the city was able to develop a planning and zoning department.  This moratorium covers all building including residential. The Peachtree Corners City Council plans to meet once a week for the next few months.  These meetings will take place on Tuesdays at...

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Tit for Tax: Gwinnett Commissioner Proposes New Tax Plan

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Featured, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Info by County, Members-only Section, Members-only Section, News Highlights | 0 comments

As Gwinnett County’s tax digest continues to decline, Commissioner Mike Beaudreau proposed an increase in sales tax with a concurrent decrease in property tax; may appear as a referendum on Gwinnett ballots in November. Although details of the proposal are not clear as of yet, the proposed 1% special purpose local option sales tax would be used to pay for various county operations and would be accompanied with a comparative reduction in property tax. According to Beaudreau, this sales tax increase would make Gwinnett less dependent on...

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Lions Club Park to be Redeveloped

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in City of Lilburn, Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

On Tuesday, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved a plan to redevelop Lions Club Park in Lilburn. The plan consists of a five-field baseball and softball complex complete with batting cages and concession buildings, and also a 1.1 mile running trail. The redevelopment will cost $5.3 million and construction will begin this June. To read the full story, click HERE.

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Gwinnett Village CID Renewed for 6 Years

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, Gwinnett Village CID, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

At the recent monthly board meeting the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID) received a unanimous vote to renew the CID for an additional 6 years. The Gwinnett Village CID is the largest such entity in the State serving over 550 commercial property owners in a 14 square mile area. The CID has had great success over its first six years, supporting and funding efforts in the areas of beautification, public safety and transportation infrastructure. Shiv Aggarwal was re-elected chairman of Gwinnett Village CID, and Michael Deming...

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Cruse Road Improvements Approved by Board of Commissioners

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

CMES, Inc was awarded the contract to replace a bridge on Cruse Road as well as several other improvements.  CMES was the lowest of eight bidders for the project.  A new bridge will be placed in Cruse Road over Sweetwater Creek in order to improve traffic flow.  A left hand turn lane will be added from Cruse Road to James Road.  The project also includes the installation of sidewalks.  The $2.87 million for this project will come from SPLOST funds.

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Long-time Council Member J.W. Benefield Passes Away

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

On December 30th, 2011 the Council lost a long-time member, supporter and friend—J.W. Benefield.  A former Gwinnett County Schools superintendent, J.W. spent his latter years working passionately for the Gwinnett County Fair.  J.W. received many accolades over his distinguished life; he was the Council’s 1992 Button Gwinnett Award recipient.  To read more about J.W.’s life and accomplishments, click HERE.

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Council Members’ Companies Honored at 2011 NAIOP Awards

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Cherokee County Government Issues, Clayton County Current Issues, Cobb County Current Issues, Coweta County Current Issues, DeKalb County Current Issues, Douglas County Current Issues, Fayette County Current Issues, Fulton County Government Issues, Gwinnett County Current Issues, Hall County Current Issues, Henry County Current Issues, In the Loop Today, Paulding County Current Issues, Rockdale County Current Issues | 0 comments

Weeks Robinson Properties and Duke Realty received top developer awards from the National Association IOP at their annual awards banquet on December 1. Weeks Robinson Properties, lead by 2011 Council for Quality Growth Chairman Forrest Robinson and Council member Ray Weeks, received the award for Industrial Owner/Developer of the Year.  At the beginning of 2011, Weeks Robinson had raised $158 million in investment equity.  Throughout 2011, Weeks Robinson closed on a number of significant acquisition and development deals throughout the...

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Mike Mason to Serve as First Mayor of Peachtree Corners

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

Mike Mason will be the sole candidate in the mayoral race in the newly created city of Peachtree Corners.  Mason was the leader of the movement to incorporate Peachtree Corners as a city in Gwinnett County.  There are also more than a dozen candidates that have emerged for the six City Council posts that will also be filled at the March 6, 2012 election.

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Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Pass Stormwater Standards Revision

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners passed resolutions on November 15th that will change the stormwater management redevelopment requirements.  Resolution 2011-0890 amends the Development Regulations of Gwinnett County, Section 8.10 by replacing this section with new requirements that ease restrictions on stormwater standards for redevelopment.  The previous regulations discouraged redevelopment and encouraged new developments which in turn contribute to sprawl.  The modifications to the regulations provide developers and investors...

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Unified Development Ordinance Update

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, In the Loop Today | 0 comments

 The Gwinnett County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Committee met on October 20th.  The committee reviewed the structure of the UDO and the progress to date.  Members of the committee reviewed the zoning districts, overlays, use standards and dimensional standards.  Also, the UDO committee received an update on the Research & Development Corridor.  Throughout 2011, Gwinnett County and its project team will be working to update, streamline and combine the County’s existing zoning resolution, development regulations and...

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Creation of Funding District

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett County has been required by Gwinnett Superior Court Judge David Barrett to create special districts in order to fund government services in the absence of an agreement between its county and city governments.  The county has held the position that city governments were not paying their fair share for services and the cites should be taxed for these services.  These districts assign responsibility for providing certain services.  These different service districts will also determine the funding mechanism for the services. ...

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Gwinnett Commission Reaffirms Briscoe Field Vote

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett County Commission voted 3-2 to direct a consultant to draft a request for proposals for the buying or selling of Briscoe Field on August 23rd.  This vote was a reaffirmation of the vote in May where the Gwinnett County Commission voted 3-2 to seek specific proposals from 3 firms on the privatization of Briscoe Field.  Disagreement surrounded whether or not the May vote was the final vote required to move forward.  Commissioners Mike Beaudreau, Lynette Howard and Shirley Lasseter voted in favor of the motion while Chairman...

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Unified Development Ordinance Update

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett County Unified Development Ordinance Advisory Committee met on August 18th.  The committee reviewed many of the familiar zoning districts in the draft of Chapter 206 along with the Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) zoning district and the new stand alone Open Space Conservation (OSC) zoning district which will replace the Conservation Subdivision Overlay (CSO).  Gwinnett County has also posted the UDO draft for Chapter 210 which addresses overlay districts and Chapter 214 which deals with standards applying to all...

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Millage Rate Vote

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to cut the millage rate on August 8th.  The Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to let the .23 mill levy for construction projects to expire dropping Gwinnett’s property tax rate from 13.25 mills to 13.02 mills.  Commissioners had considered keeping the tax rate the same to cover operating costs and repay the debt from the jail expansion but ultimately decided to let the mill levy expire.  This property tax decrease means Gwinnett County will have to cede $4.8 million in...

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Unified Development Ordinance Update

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett County has the first section (Chapter 206) of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) ready for review.  Chapter 206 includes many of the familiar zoning districts along with a few additions.  Gwinnett County is proposing three levels of mixed-use districts: MU-N (Mixed-use Neighborhood), MU-C (Mixed-use Community) and MU-R (Mixed-use Regional).  The Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) zoning district will allow an integration of different house and lot sizes within a pedestrian-oriented setting to supportive services and...

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Building Inspection Request Changes

Posted by on Jul 27, 2011 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett Department of Planning and Development is proposing a change to the daily deadline for building inspection requests.  Starting August 15th, building inspections requested prior to 2:00 pm will be scheduled the next business day.  Building inspections scheduled after 2:00 pm will be scheduled the following business day.  Inspection volume may affect inspection time but the county will make every effort to conduct the requested inspection within a maximum of 48 hours.  This change will align building inspection and fire...

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Replacement of Aging Water and Sewer Lines

Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved $5.6 million worth of contracts for the replacement of water and sewer lines on July 19th.  Twelve miles of aging water lines will be replaced in 15 subdivisions and along residential roads in Hoschton, Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville and Sugar Hill.  Over a mile of clogged sewer lines in Lawrenceville will also be replaced.  Computerized management and maintenance systems track break history and repair cost so the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources can decide which water line...

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Lilburn CID Awarded GDOT Grant

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues, Lilburn CID | 0 comments

The Lilburn Community Improvement District (CID) was awarded a $700,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation.  The grant will fund the development of a multi-use pedestrian trail.  The grant originated from the Lilburn CID’s Highway 29 Corridor Study which has been approved by the Livable Centers Initiative and is therefore eligible for additional sources of funding.  Lilburn CID is a collaboration of concerned citizens actively involved in community groups, committees, city and county government and committed to...

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Evermore CID Executive Director Search

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in Evermore CID, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Evermore Community Improvement District is searching for a new executive director.  Former Gwinnett Commission Chairman Wayne Hill has served as the interim executive director since October.  Under Hill’s leadership, Evermore CID has approved a landscaping contract and agreed to several economic development initiatives.  Hill has expressed he has no interest in assuming the role permanently.  Board members are in the process of trying to narrow 27 candidates down to 4 and conduct interviews within the next couple of weeks. ...

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Federal Funding for Gwinnett Transportation Projects

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced federal funding for eight construction projects in Gwinnett County on May 31st.  The projects to be funded include: Buford Highway median landscaping ($150,000),  Buford Highway transit-oriented sidewalk/park ($450,000), Brushy Creek greenway and Suwanee Dam Road trail ($450,000), Georgia 141 Access Road sidewalk ($250,000), Georgia Gwinnett College pedestrian paths ($500,000), Norcross pedestrian connectivity ($100,000), Satellite Boulevard pedestrian and transit connector ($450,000),...

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Dedication Ceremony for Forrest Adair

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Evermore Community Improvement District plans to have a dedication ceremony in honor of Forrest Adair.  Forrest Adair died in September 2010 and was a former board member of the Evermore CID and former chairman of the Council for Quality Growth.  The West Park Place Interchange in Snellville will be named after Mr. Adair.  The date of the ceremony has yet to be determined but is expected to be sometime in June.  

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Gwinnett Mid-Year Polling for Transportation

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in Gwinnett County, Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID) conducted a countywide poll centered around the upcoming transportation referendum in 2012.  The CID commissioned Landmark Communications to conduct the poll on May 15th.  The poll targeted active Gwinnett voters who voted in the 2008 or 2010 election.  1176 respondents participated in the poll.  The poll has a margin of error of 2.85%.  To be consistent with previous and projected voter turnout, the sample is stratified based on race, age and gender.  The poll contained...

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Deal Signs Peachtree Corners Bill

Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Governor Deal signed House Bill 396 on May 11th.  The legislation authorizes residents to vote for the incorporation of Peachtree Corners.  If residents vote for incorporation, Peachtree Corners would have a mayor and six city council members.  It would have the power to levy a property tax of up to 1 mill and provide limited services including code enforcement, garbage collection and planning and zoning.  Peachtree Corners has 34,000 residents and if incorporated would be Gwinnett County’s 16th city.  The referendum will be...

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Briscoe Field Privatization Resolution

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett County Commission voted 3-2 on a resolution for county staff to solicit proposals from 3 companies interested in operating Briscoe Field.  The majority of the commissioners said the process would provide the data needed to make an informed decision about the airport’s future.  The process began a year and a half ago when Gwinnett officials announced the county might sell or lease the airport.  Commission Chair Charlotte Nash and Commissioner John Heard cast the two dissenting votes to rule out commercial flights.  The...

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Unified Development Ordinance

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Throughout 2011, Gwinnett County and its project team will be working to update, streamline and combine the County’s existing zoning resolution, development regulations and other ordinances into one coordinated code document – the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).  The Council is part of the UDO Advisory Committee and will be on hand to offer an industry perspective as Gwinnett County moves forward on this initiative.  In addition to the UDO, Gwinnett County is completing two small area or Sector Plans that will focus on:...

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Airport Privatization Public Meeting

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett County held a public hearing on the privatization of Briscoe Field on April 28th at 7 pm.  About 800 people showed up to the hearing at 12Stone Church, Central Campus, Main Sanctuary at 1322 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville.  Each speaker had 3 minutes to make their case.  Speakers on the proponent side were allotted the first 15 minutes of the comment period then speakers from the opposition were allotted the next 15 minutes.  This pattern repeated itself until both sides had exhausted 45 minutes.  Anyone wanting to submit...

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First Commission Meeting for Nash

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Chairwoman Charlotte Nash presided over her first county commission meeting on April 19th.  The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners decided to table the vote on whether to rule out ticketed passenger service at Briscoe Field until May 3rd and a public hearing on the matter is scheduled for April 28th at 7pm.  Issues Nash is likely to encounter during her two-year term include the privatization of the county airport, balancing the budget and county ethics revisions.  

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Charlotte Nash sworn in as Gwinnett Chair

Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Charlotte Nash was sworn in as the new Chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Monday, March 28th.  Hundreds of people were in attendance to watch the acting Chair, Shirley Lasseter, hand the gavel over to Mrs. Nash at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center Auditorium.  Nash stated, “It’s an important time in Gwinnett County’s history, and I pledge to each of you that I’m going to do my best to do what’s right for Gwinnett County.”  Nash is the former Gwinnett County Administrator...

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Gwinnett Chair Swearing In Ceremony

Posted by on Mar 23, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Charlotte Nash will be sworn in as Chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Monday, March 28th.  Nash won the March 15th special election to fill the unexpired term of former Chairman Charles Bannister.  Mrs. Nash is a Dacula resident and former administrator for Gwinnett County.  She will be sworn in at 4 pm at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center Auditorium.

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County Reconsiders Proposal to Ban All Steel Pipe for Stormwater

Posted by on Mar 16, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Council for Quality Growth successfully argued against the The Water Resource Department of Gwinnett County’s proposed  “no steel storm pipe” policy on all new construction. Learn More

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Vacant Property Registry Adopted

Posted by on Mar 15, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 to approve a vacant property registry on Tuesday, March 15th.  Commissioner Heard was the dissenting vote.  Several local governments in Georgia and across the country cannot locate owners of vacant and foreclosed property and have implemented a registry in order to keep up with who owns the property.  The Council along with the Atlanta Board of Realtors and others have been working on a state wide model (House Bill 110) for cities and counties that choose to adopt a property...

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Nash wins Gwinnett Chairman position

Posted by on Mar 15, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Charlotte Nash won 55 percent of the vote to be elected Chairman of the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, March 15th.  Nash collected 10,693 votes to beat Larry Gause (4,977 votes), Gerald Duane Kissel (1,704 votes) and Will Costa (1,690 votes) to avoid a runoff election on April 12th.  Nash is the former Gwinnett County Administrator and a native of Dacula.  The Council would like to congratulate Mrs. Nash and looks forward to working with her in her new role.

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Final County Chairman Debate

Posted by on Mar 9, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Council for Quality Growth and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce hosted the four candidates running for the top position in the county on Tuesday, March 8th.  Charlotte Nash of Dacula, Larry Gause of Tucker, Gerald Duane Kissel of Snellville and Will Costa of Lilburn are running to fill the chairman position for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners vacated by Charles Bannister.  The candidates focused on the preservation of core services, such as public safety and transportation, and the county budget.  The special election to...

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Vacant Property Registration Delayed

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett County decided to delay consideration of a vacant property registry on Tuesday, March 1st.  Several local governments in Georgia and across the country cannot locate owners of vacant and foreclosed property and have implemented a registry in order to keep track of who owns the property.  The Council has been working with Gwinnett County and at the Capitol on a state wide model for counties and cities that choose to adopt a property registry.  The measure has been tabled until the next commission meeting on March 15th.

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Chairman Election Update

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

February 14th was the voter registration deadline for the March 15th special election.  County voters will decide who will serve the remaining two years of the unexpired term of former Chairman Charles Bannister.  Charlotte Nash of Dacula, Larry Gause of Tucker, Gerald Duane Kissel of Snellville and Will Costa of Lilburn are the four four candidates seeking the vacant office.

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Proposal to Ban All Steel Pipe for Stormwater

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Water Resource Department of Gwinnett County has proposed a “no steel storm pipe” policy on all new construction. This announcement was made by Steve Leo at the Gwinnett Development Advisory Committee on February 16th. The policy is planned to take effect in March. This action has been attempted in the past and the Council is actively working with Gwinnett County to clarify this issue.

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I-85 Interchange Public Meetings

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett County and the Georgia Department of Transportation plan to hold public meetings on two “diverging diamond” interchange projects on I-85.  Diverging diamond configurations eases traffic movement by allowing drivers to cross to the opposite side of the road.  One of these projects will be at Pleasant Hill Road and the other will be at Jimmy Carter Boulevard.  The Pleasant Hill Road meeting will be Thursday, February 24th at the Atlanta Marriot Gwinnett Place at 1775 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth from 4 p.m. to 7...

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Board of Commissioner Forum

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will host a citizen forum on February 8th.  Citizens will have the opportunity to share their concerns and ask questions about county government.  Also, Aaron Bovos will make a brief presentation on the county budget.  The forum will be at 7 pm at Lucky Shoals Park Community Center, 4651 Britt Road in Norcross.

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Unified Development Code

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett County will begin the process of creating a Unified Development Code.  The committee with the assistance of a consultant will review and formulate recommendations to update and integrate current ordinances and regulations including the Zoning Resolution and Development Regulations into one “user friendly” document for the public, the development community and County staff.  The Council will be actively involved in this process and the first meeting will be held on Thursday, February 3rd from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The...

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Braselton Community Improvement District

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Braselton Town Council approved a resolution establishing a community improvement district (CID). An election will be held on Monday, January 24th from 4-4:30 p.m. at 3740 Village Way, upstairs of ACE Hardward to decide who will serve on the board of directors for the CID. The “Lifepath” project may be the first proposal for the CID and calls for 1.7 miles of varying width paths connecting GA Hwy. 211 and Thompson Mill Road along existing right-of-way. It would allow residents to have access to area shops, restaurants and...

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County Commission Chairman Forum

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Alliance of Concerned Citizens of Old Peachtree will sponsor a forum featuring candidates for chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.  The four candidates running to replace former Chairman Charles Bannister are Charlotte Nash, of Dacula, Larry Gause, of Tucker, Gerald Duane Kissel, of Snellville, and Will Costa, of Lilburn.  The forum will be on February 15th at 7 p.m. at the Bridge Community Church, 2026 Braselton Highway in Buford.  Gwinnett residents will elect a new chairman on March 15th.

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Vice Chair Shirley Lasseter Re-elected

Posted by on Jan 6, 2011 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Commissioner Shirley Lasseter was re-elected vice chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on January 4th.  Lasseter has served on the board since 2008.  She has served as chair of the Gwinnett BOD since Charles Bannister’s resignation last year.  She will continue to chair the board until the March 15th special election to replace the vacant position.

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County Commission Chairman Update

Posted by on Dec 30, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Timothy Swiney and Bob Clark have formally withdrawn as candidates for Gwinnett County Commission chairman. Swiney withdrew on December 22nd and stated his decision was based on obligations to his family. Clark withdrew on December 27th and did not give a reason for his withdrawl. The four remaining candidates now are Charlotte Nash of Dacula, Larry Gause of Tucker, Gerald Duane Kissel of Snellville ane Will Costa of Lilburn. Qualifying for the vacant board chairman post ended at noon on Wednesday, December 8th. The deadline for voter...

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2012 Transportation Referendum Poll

Posted by on Dec 22, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District and Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District conducted a survey in early December focused on transportation related issues. The poll centered on the upcoming 2012 transportation referendum. The Gwinnett Village CID and Gwinnett Place CID are charged with leading the effort to revitalize key portions of Gwinnett County by championing transportation, public safety and economic development initiatives aimed at increasing property values for its members. The poll results were released on...

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Water Conservation Ordinance

Posted by on Nov 19, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners adopted new regulations on water conservation to meet the requirements of the 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act (SB 370) which requires local governments to adopt certain provisions by January 1, 2011.  The ordinance was adopted on November 16th.  The new ordinance allows for outdoor watering for certain purposes seven days a week during non-drought periods but not between 10 am and 4 pm.  Wasting water is prohibited in the new law and is subject to enforcement.  An example of wasting water would be...

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Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention

Posted by on Nov 17, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett County completed revisions to the Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Ordinance. The revisions were adopted on September 21st. The revised ordinance provides the Department of Water Resources the authority to require a backflow device to be installed by an industry or other commercial establishment at their connection to the County Potable Water System. The device can be installed by the customer or allows the Department to install the device and bill the customer or cease water service at unsafe connections to the...

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Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District

Posted by on Nov 12, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett Village CID Board of Directors got a glimpse of the district’s proposed $8 million 2011 budget on November 11th.  Gwinnett Village represents 550 commercial property owners, 5,000 businesses and 100,000 residents.  The board is scheduled to approve the 2011 budget at its December meeting.  Click here to learn more.

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Privatization of Briscoe Field

Posted by on Oct 28, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Shirley Lasseter along with the rest of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners have decided to delay consideration of the proposed airport privatization plan. Officials had been scheduled this month to request proposals for the partnership but now firms deemed qualified to submit proposals will not be announced until January after two new commissioners join the board.

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Evermore CID

Posted by on Oct 28, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Evermore Community Improvement District (CID) Board hired former Gwinnett Commission Chairman Wayne Hill to head the organization the next six months until they can find an executive director to take over permanently. Hill was appointed by a 7-0 vote. Hill’s priorities over the next six months will be to secure a landscaping contract and help push forward road projects along a seven-mile corridor on U.S. 78.

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Broad Prize for Urban Education

Posted by on Oct 20, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett County Public Schools won the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education in New York City earlier this week. The annual prize, funded by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, is awarded to large school systems with urban makeups that demonstrate best practices and have improved the achievement of minority and poor students. This award means that students graduating from high school this year will receive $1 million in scholarships. This achievement is even more remarkable considering the school system had a net loss of $94.8 million due...

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Gwinnett County BOC Election

Posted by on Oct 20, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett County will hold a special election to fill the unexpired term of the Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. Qualifying for the board chairman post will be held at the Elections Office beginning at 9:00 am on Monday, December 6th, 2010, and ending at noon on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010. The deadline for voter registration is February 14th, 2011 and the special election will be held on March 15th, 2011.

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Airport Privatization RFQ

Posted by on Jul 9, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Today Gwinnett County issued a request for qualifications, or RFQ, for firms interested in entering into a public-private partnership to operate Briscoe Field. This is the next step in the Federal Aviation Administration-sponsored pilot program that will help County officials study airport privatization options and possible changes in operations. Potential options may include privatization as a general aviation airport or the addition of scheduled passenger air service. Click HERE for full Press Release Click HERE for...

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Airport Privatization Proposal

Posted by on Jun 24, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

On June 23rd, the Gwinnett County BOC published an update on the current Airport Privatization plan. The County will now begin the process of selecting a consultant to determine whether or not the airport privatization plan is in the best interest of the County. An RFQ will be developed and published with the goal of evaulating and potentially approving the proposal before the end of 2010. Gwinnett BOC Airport Update On May 26th, the FAA gave preliminary appoval to Gwinnett County to pursue one of the 5 slots for privatization grants for...

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Let’s Do Business Gwinnett Initiative

Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett County BOC and City governments, along with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and other partners announced a new intiative dubbed “Let’s Do Business Gwinnett” as an economic stimulus package for the county.  The initiative contains several proposals which would attempt to stabilize property values and bring new investment to Gwinnett businesses. Let’s Do Business Gwinnett Press...

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F. Wayne Hill Plant Water Discharge Permit

Posted by on May 5, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett County received final approval on May 4th from GA EPD to discharge treated wastewater into Lake Lanier. The discharge permit has been in the works for almost ten years, and the construction of the pipeline from the F. Wayne Hill Treatment Plant has been undertaken since 2008. With the new permitted discharge, Gwinnett County can now send up to 40 million gallons per day of the approximately 70 milion gallons per day withdrawn from Lake Lanier. This is a major step forward for Gwinnett County, as they seek to receive some sort of...

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BOC Adopts new Budget

Posted by on Jan 7, 2010 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

On Tuesday, January 5th, the Gwinnett BOC adopted Gwinnett’s 2010 budget. The budget includes the restoration of cuts made to public safety last year including total appropriations of $1.33 billion. This is down considerably from the 2009 budget of $1.71 billion. The commission approved a property tax increase of 2.28 mills in December 2009. Included within the budget is $974.6 million for operating expenses and $355.3 million for capital expenditures. The budget includes hiring 58 police officers and re-establishing the Quality of...

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Property Tax Increase

Posted by on Dec 2, 2009 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett County BOC adopted a proposed property tax increase of 2.28 mills to help restore critical public safety services which have been cut as a result of severe economic conditions. After an hour of public comment from both pro and con citizens, the BOC voted 4-1 to increase the millage rate as proposed. Commissioner Beaudreau was the lone vote against. The BOC held its first public hearing on Monday, November 23rd and held a second hearing and a vote at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 1st at GJAC. The total amount to be raised over...

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Ronald Reagan Parkway Extension

Posted by on Nov 13, 2009 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Gwinnett County DOT has begun the process of involving citizens in the planning of the Ronald Reagan Parkway extension. The first public meeting on the proposed extension was held on November 3rd at Berkmar High School from 6:00-8:00 PM. Additional information about the proposed extension is available at www.reaganextension.com

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I-85 HOT Lane Conversion Project

Posted by on Nov 13, 2009 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

GDOT and SRTA held a public hearing on the proposed I-85 HOT lane conversion project on November 12th at the Gwinnett Center from 3:00-8:00 PM. The first round of public hearings attracted 487 attendees. The project is designed to convert the existing HOV lane to a managed HOT lane from just south of I-285 in DeKalb County to Old Peachtree Road in Gwinnett County. The intention is to create a variable priced lane that will always provide an open lane of free-flowing traffic. GDOT Press Release on HOT Lane Public...

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Gwinnett Bond Ratings

Posted by on Oct 14, 2009 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

Gwinnett County will benefit from its high bond ratings when the county moves forward with improvements to the County’s wastewater system and other infrastructure improvements. The County earned AAA ratings from Standard & Poors, Moody’s, and Fitch. These high ratings will translate to lower interest on money borrowed for these projects.

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Tax Allocation Districts

Posted by on Oct 14, 2009 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

On October 6th, the Gwinnett BOC approved the creation of five Tax Allocation Districts.  The Five Districts are within the three existing CIDs, and will be used to finance redevelopment in Gwinnett County.  The Council for Quality Growth fully supports the approval of these districts. The five TADs approved by the Redevelopment Agency are: Jimmy Carter Boulevard TAD (Gwinnett Village) Indian Trail TAD (Gwinnett Village) Park Place TAD (Evermore) Lake Lucerne TAD (Evermore) Gwinnett Place TAD Altogether, these five TADs have a total taxable...

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Engage Gwinnett

Posted by on Sep 16, 2009 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

The Council is actively envolved in Engage Gwinnett: Citizens Committee for the Future of Gwinnett County.  The Council holds a stakeholder’s seat on the committee and our designated representative is Board Member Michael Sullivan, Partner with Andersen, Tate, and Carr.  This effort is a citizen-led initiative where committee members will spend approximately six months looking at the community’s needs for current and future government services and proposing funding strategies to pay for those services over the next five...

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Millage Rate Increase

Posted by on Jun 3, 2009 in Gwinnett County Current Issues | 0 comments

On June 2nd, the BOC unanimously voted to table a proposed property tax increase which would have increased the millage rate by 2.87 mills in unincorporated county and 3.31 mills for cities.  Chairman Charles Bannister warned residents at the meeting that the County continues to be under substantial financial stress.  More cuts to County staff and amenities such as parks and library services are expected in the...

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Stormwater Utility Credits Policy

Posted by on Dec 28, 2006 in Gwinnett County Current Issues, Henry County Archived Issues, Past Henry County Issues | 0 comments

The Henry County Stormwater Management Office and the BOC has finalized its stormwater utility credits policy. A summary of the policy is included in a letter from the Stormwater Management Office, while the manual itself is available on the County web site at the following link: www.co.henry.ga.us/stormwater. Stormwater Credit Policy Summary...

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