Gwinnett County Roundtable Recap
November 28th, 2023
Speaker: Commissioner Matthew Holtkamp, District 4, Gwinnett County
On November 28th, 2023, the Council for Quality Growth welcomed Matthew Holtkamp, the District 4 Commissioner for Gwinnett County. Thank you Commissioner Holtkamp for your time, Jackson EMC for sponsoring the event, and Anderson, Tate, & Carr for hosting.
Gwinnett County is growing fast – estimates suggest there are more than one million residents in 2023 – and Commissioner Holtkamp remains “laser-focused” on encouraging smart, quality development. He and the Board of Commissioners must balance the many interests of a diverse Gwinnett community, said the Commissioner, recognizing that the County is a shared community and “we need to put policies together together.”
During the roundtable, Commissioner Holtkamp provided updates on some important projects in Gwinnett. A new Community Improvement District (CID), for example, is underway at the Mall of Georgia and its surrounding areas. The Commissioner noted support from Mall of Georgia management and the business community for their early plans, and discussed efforts to help more business owners understand the CID’s potential benefits. He also discussed The Exchange at Gwinnett, which connects the area between the Mall of Georgia and the Stripers’ stadium. The development makes up more than 465,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, office space, and housing units. In 2023, the area welcomed eight new businesses and two residential areas, and in the first half of 2024, a 109-room hotel will open.
To address all of this growth, the Commissioner dove into the County’s vision and planning for the future. Near-term focuses for the BOC include updates to water utility infrastructure, road widenings with the Department of Transportation, a Short-Term Rental citizen task force, and September’s updates to the Unified Development Code (UDO), which will go into effect on January 1st of 2024. Gwinnett has also made significant progress with its longer-term initiatives. Completed earlier this fall, the 2024 Transit Expansion Plan is expected to be voted on as a referendum in the November 2024 elections. And at the BOC meeting on November 14th, Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson proposed 2024’s $2.5 billion budget, for which a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 4th. Commissioner Holtkamp expressed his support for both proposals.
See below for a copy of Commissioner Holtkamp’s presentation.Click Here for Presentation PDF