Sandy Springs District 3 Updates
As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, the city is doing comprehensive strategic planning related to traffic issues and District 3 should benefit measurably in the long-term from several of the key projects currently on the horizon.  Below is a summary of some of the key projects that are forthcoming: 
Braves Traffic
To assess traffic volumes during Braves games, the city will set up 6 intersection traffic counters and 33 street counters in key areas in District 3 and in District 6.  Roadways such as Heards Ferry, Mount Vernon, Riverside Dr., Powers Ferry and New Northside Dr. will be evaluated during the first and third home-stands in April and May to determine how many additional cars travel on these roadways on game days.  This data will allow the city to assess the impact on our local streets and implement measures to address the added congestion if it occurs.  The city also continues to work with the Braves Task Force, a joint initiative between Sandy Springs, Cobb County, the Braves and other agencies to prepare for game-day traffic.  With opening day around the corner, please Click Here for a link to updated information on how Sandy Springs is preparing for the Braves. 
Riverside/Heards Ferry Intersection

Traffic engineers have been studying ways to improve the traffic flow through this intersection and they have presented plans to the city for extending and adding turn lanes.  We were disappointed to learn that the traffic data suggests that these improvements would have little to no positive impact on the flow of traffic through this intersection, particularly during rush hour.  Hence, no road construction is planned in the near-term and the city will continue to evaluate options and closely monitor the timing of the traffic lights and traffic flows.  This intersection is one of the most congested in our district and I will continue to push the city to find ways to improve it.

Johnson Ferry/Mt. Vernon

East-West connectivity in our down-town district is one of our most significant needs and this project is intended to address this issue.   This project includes the construction of dual roundabouts at Johnson Ferry and Mt. Vernon, adding sidewalks, returning the streets to two-way traffic operations and building a pedestrian pathway from City Springs to the Sandy Springs Marta Station so that walkers and cyclists can safely travel to and from the Perimeter office market.  This is a TSPLOST-funded projected and pursuant to the requirements of the program, construction must be completed within seven years, so design work is underway now in anticipation of public design-review meetings later this year. 

Hammond Drive Phase 1 Efficiency Improvements

As part of assessing our East-West traffic flow, a traffic study will be done on Hammond Dr. to determine the most efficient long-term plans for this corridor.  This study will evaluate the impact not only on Hammond, but on connecting roads like Mt. Vernon and Heards Ferry.  It is unwise to improve traffic on Hammond Dr. by worsening traffic in the western part of our city, so this will be a comprehensive study that evaluates east-west traffic flow from the Perimeter Business District all the way across to the Cobb County line.  The study will also evaluate the impact of adding multiple lanes on Hammond with sidewalks, bicycle lanes and transit lanes.  During the study and planning process, the city will continue to acquire right-of-way in anticipation of future changes to this roadway.  

Perimeter Last Mile

Getting commuters efficiently from our rail stations into the Central Perimeter Business District is crucial to improving Marta rider-ship and reducing road congestion.  The city will participate in a multi-jurisdictional Last Mile Connectivity Study to evaluate plans to build “Perimeter Trails” to improve connectivity and will begin the acquisition of right-of-way to build future high-capacity transit routes.  

Abernathy/Roswell Rd. Intersection

There was a recent story in one of the local newspapers regarding the potential construction of a bridge on Abernathy that would traverse over the Roswell Rd. intersection.  In our recent strategy session, council members requested that our City Manager and his staff to create a number of options for addressing our congestion and to “think big” in terms of potential solutions.  One of these “big ideas” explored by the engineers was an Abernathy bridge, but the projected cost and the tremendous disruption that a project of this magnitude would have on our community were simply too great for the Council to accept.  Hence, there are no plans presently to continue evaluating the bridge idea.  

Continued Sidewalk Installation

Progress continues on filling sidewalk gaps throughout Sandy Springs and construction is underway now on the new sidewalk on the east side of Brandon Mill between Seville Chase and W. Spalding.  If your neighborhood is interested in adding sidewalks, projects will be prioritized using a needs-based scoring model and will be dependent on the city’s ability to obtain right-of-way donations from the impacted property owners.  Once a sidewalk concept is developed within a neighborhood, neighborhood representatives will have approximately six months to determine if they can secure the right-of-way donations from their neighbors.  If your neighborhood is interested in learning more about our sidewalk program, please call or email me and I will connect you with staff members at the city who can provide assistance.   

“Sandy Springs Alerts”

We all agree that reducing congestion is a key element in preserving our quality of life, but traffic projects come with lots of orange barrels along with construction equipment and lane closures and the process can be frustrating when you’re sitting in the back-up.  To help avoid some of these back-ups, please plan your routes accordingly using the “Sandy Springs Alert” app, which you can sign up for by Clicking Here.  This will keep you informed on traffic, weather and public safety issues impacting our community and hopefully make your commute around Sandy Springs less stressful, especially during these upcoming road projects.  

Mark Your Calendars
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29th. 6pm. Sandy Springs Methodist Church Activity Center.

District 3 Community Meeting for the Next10 Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code

Sandy Springs is making changes to its Development Code to guide future growth in our city and effectively implement the planning priorities articulated in the Next Ten Comprehensive Plan. The new Development Code will unify existing development regulations—zoning, subdivision and environmental standards—into a single, graphically-rich document that is easy to use and understand. The document will bring more predictability and certainty to the development approval process.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4TH. 6:30-7:30pm. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum/Garden Room6075 Sandy Springs Circle


Titles @ Twilight is a speaker series that promotes local authors, whose stories of history and the South represent a variety of topics.

On  April 4 : “To Lasso the Clouds: The Beginning of Aviation in Georgia” – Dan A. Aldridge, Jr.

Vice President of the Friends of Georgia Libraries, Aldridge tells the story of the first airplane flight in Georgia. Epps and Zumpt A. Huff, brothers from Athens, GA, were described by a contemporary newspaper as a "second pair of Wright brothers." 
TUESDAY, APRIL 4TH. 6pmSandy Springs City Hall.

City Council Meeting

The City Council meets to conduct city business. Agendas and minutes for this meeting are located on the main page of the Public Meetings Calendar - please scroll to the end of the page.  

SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH and APRIL 15TH. 10:00am-12:00pmLost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Rd

Discover Nature Classes for Children

Children can celebrate spring spending time outdoors and learning about a variety of nature topics through exploration and hands on learning experiences. Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks is offering Discover Nature Classes that will include a hike, investigation and games.  Nature classes meet twice monthly March-May and will be offered on Saturdays.
To register or get more info click here.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH. 10:00am. Hammond Park, 705 Hammond Dr.

Annual Egg Hunt presented by North Perimeter Optimists Club 

Egg hunting times are scheduled in the following order:
10:30 a.m. for children ages 1-3, 10:45 a.m. for children ages 4-7, 11 a.m. for children ages 7-9

Co-sponsored by the Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department

SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH. 1:00pm-7:00pm. Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Rd.

2nd Annual Rhythm & Brews

Heritage Sandy Springs presents the 2nd Annual Rhythm & Brews: a celebration of local bands and local beers. Kick back and relax with a frosty beverage while listening to a wide variety of live music in a beautiful outdoor setting.  

Rhythm & Brews tickets are available here along with more information about local breweries and the day's lineup. 

SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH-APRIL 29TH. Act 3 Productions, 6285-R Roswell Rd.

Act3 presents "Urinetown- The Musical" 

Act3 Productions presents Urinetown, a hilarious comedy farce. An irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny.  Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann. April 14-29. Ticket information:

SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH. 8:30am-12:00pm. Century Springs Parking Lot, 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. 

Heritage Sandy Springs Farmer's Market: Opening Day!

The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market is where friends and neighbors gather to share the experience of a community farmers market. Each Saturday morning, mid-April to December, nearly 50 vendors offer an abundance of fresh, local, and organic produce, along with pasture-raised meat and pork products, farm fresh eggs and dairy products, and a wide variety of specialty and prepared foods.

TUESDAY, APRIL 18TH. 11:30am. North Springs Charter High School, 7447 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs 30328

Julia Bernath (District 7) School Board Community Meeting. 

Each School Board member holds monthly community meetings to keep residents informed about issues and to give citizens the opportunity to comment on Board agenda items.  

TUESDAY, APRIL 18TH. 6pmSandy Springs City Hall.

City Council Meeting

The City Council meets to conduct city business. Agendas and minutes for this meeting are located on the main page of the Public Meetings Calendar - please scroll to the end of the page.  

TUESDAY, APRIL 18TH. 6:30pm. Main Street Academy, 2861 Lakeshore Drive, College Park 30337.

Gail Dean (District 3) School Board Community Meeting.

Each School Board member holds monthly community meetings to keep residents informed about issues and to give citizens the opportunity to comment on Board agenda items.  

SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND. 8:00am-1:00pm

Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day

On Saturday, April 22nd, volunteers will participate in the 15th annual "Volunteer For A Better Sandy Springs (VBSS) Day", a community-wide service day sponsored by Leadership Sandy Springs.  Volunteers will work at 21 job sites including local nonprofits, civic organizations, public schools, and parks. For more info , contact

If you are interested in reading the Week in Review provided by the City Manager regarding work activity on behalf of the community, you can access it here for the week ending in March 18th. If you missed any of the weeks in review, you can access all of them from the City's website here.

As always, please direct your questions and comments to me at Best wishes for a wonderful week.

Chris Burnett