Mayor Mike Mason
From the Mayor's Desk
City Celebrates 4th Anniversary - a look back and a look ahead

On July 1, our young city celebrated its fourth anniversary. Peachtree Corners has made tremendous strides since incorporating as Gwinnett County's 16th city in 2012.

But I think this might be the ideal time to also reflect back on what our city would have looked like had we not incorporated.

Planning for Future Transportation Needs
Your Input On Transportation Plan Needed
 
The City of Peachtree Corners has begun a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) to guide transportation improvements and investments in the city. 

The plan will consist of recommendations for transportation improvements in a number of areas including intersection improvements, roadway widening, sidewalks, trails and bike facilities.

We would like to get input from you, someone who lives, works, shops, or chooses to unwind in Peachtree Corners. Please use the link below to access the online survey.

Construction on New Restaurant to Begin Soon

Good news, residents will soon have another restaurant to enjoy in Peachtree Corners.

Black Walnut, new to the Atlanta metro area, is beginning construction on its Peachtree Corners location July 11. The restaurant is expected to open in January, 2017.

The Peachtree Corners location will be the company's second restaurant in the metro area. It will be built on the former Roberts property next to the Chase Bank on S.R. 141 and Peachtree Corners Circle.

New Home Developments Underway
Update on Residential Construction Around Town

New residential construction has certainly picked up since the city was incorporated just four years ago. 

In 2015 alone the city issued over 400 permits for residential construction. Following is information on three new developments in the city. 

Home construction on two of the developments, Duke Reserve and Oglethorpe, is expected to begin by the end of the year and the third, The Terraces at Peachtree Corners, is in the early planning stages. 

Eric Christ was sworn in by Kristina Blum, Chief Magistrate Judge for Gwinnett County.
City's Newest Councilmember Sworn In

The June 21 council meeting turned into another "first" for Gwinnett's newest city - the first new city councilmember since the city was formed July 1, 2012 - was sworn in. 

Eric Christ, representing Post 2, joins the city's first and current mayor and five city councilmembers.  Kristina Blum, Chief Magistrate Judge for Gwinnett County and a Peachtree Corners resident, administered the oath office at the beginning of the City Council meeting.
Council Adopts 2017 Budget
The Peachtree Corners City Council approved the FY2017 budget at its June 21st meeting. The city's general fund budget of $9.3 million represents an increase of $700,000 from the FY2016 budget.

Business licenses, insurance premium tax and franchise taxes paid by utility companies make up the vast majority of total revenue. There were no increases in any user fees in the budget. The tax millage rate will remain at zero (0). The city received a Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG) of $242,023 from the Georgia Department of Transportation. The LMIG will be used for sidewalk construction.
 
"As we begin our 4th year the city continues to be fiscally responsible," said Mayor Mike Mason. "Peachtree Corners is one of the few cities in the state with a zero millage rate. We are happy to pass along this news."   A copy of the budget is available on the city's website .
Gwinnett's Newest City Ranked 12th Best Suburb

Good news, Peachtree Corners was ranked 12th best suburb in the metro area.

Livability website  Niche.com  recently released its new list of the "best" suburbs in metro Atlanta, and listed Peachtree Corners as 12th best suburban city in all of the metro area.

The rankings are based on data from the U.S. Census, Department of Education, FBI and more and use key factors like cost of living, crime rates, employment and school quality. 

Fourteen volunteers recently reported to the Chattahoochee Station subdivision shortly before 9 a.m. and stenciled drains in the 100-home subdivision.
City's First Storm Drain Stenciling Event a Success

To educate the public about non-point source pollution, the City of Peachtree Corners and Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful held a storm drain stenciling event on Saturday, June 18.

Protecting our streams, creeks and rivers is a community effort. You can make a difference. We will be holding another stenciling event in September in Neely Farm. If you want to volunteer or for more information, contact Melissa Schwartz at mschwartz@peachtreecornersga.gov

Check out the calendar of events
From the Building Department

Summer Tips for Saving Energy 
 
Summer and the high temperatures it brings increase electrical loads. Keep cool this summer and save energy costs by following these simple tips around the house. 


Code Enforcement News
Parking Requirements for Residential Vehicles 
In any residential district, the parking of any motor vehicle, except on a hard-surfaced driveway or in a carport or garage, is prohibited.

Any recreational vehicle or any non-motor vehicle may only be parked in a carport, enclosed structure, or in the rear yard on a paved surface (or approved porous or grassed paving system.)

Any vehicles parked in the rear yard not in a carport or in an enclosed structure must be parked at least fifteen (15) feet from the property line.  For questions contact the Code Enforcement Department at 678-691-1200.
Councilmember Aulbach Selected for Leadership Gwinnett Class

Jeanne Aulbach, councilmember for Post 4, is among 40 local leaders chosen for the 2017 Leadership Gwinnett Class.  She will begin the nine-month program in August.

Established in 1985, Leadership Gwinnett was created to ensure that the community's most influential leaders are knowledgeable about issues pertaining to the county and region.

Councilmember Christopher Chosen for ARC's Leadership Program
Lorri Christopher, Post 5 City Councilmember, has been chosen to participate in the Atlanta Regional Commission's Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) program.

The RLI program is a comprehensive leadership program designed to better prepare a diverse group of community, government, business and nonprofit leaders to work collaboratively in addressing regional issues. The intensive one-week program trains, empowers and supports leaders so they may effect positive community change in the region.

Learn More
City Trash Pickup and Recycling Holiday Schedule
There are only three (3) holidays that the City does not provide collection and disposal services:
  • New Year's Day - January 1st
  • Thanksgiving Day - 4th Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day - December 25th
How it works:  If one of the holidays listed above falls on a Monday, then your trash, recycling and yard waste will be picked up on Tuesday.
City Wins 2 Categories in Great American Cleanup Challenge

The results have just been announced - the City of Peachtree Corners has won two categories in Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's annual Great American Cleanup Challenge; reducing litter and graffiti and for safeguarding our waterways.

The city teamed up with the  United Peachtree Corners Civic Association (UPCCA) to win the "Keep ME Clean - Stop Litter and Graffiti" award. This spring 55 volunteers spent a Saturday morning collecting 1,260 pounds of trash at six location in the city.

And the city's Green Committee, took the "Protect ME - Safeguard our Waterways" category. Eight volunteers spent a spring day collected 10 bags of litter along a half-mile stretch of Crooked Creek, downstream from Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

City Adds 34 New Businesses in June

Peachtree Corners City Hall processed new business tax certificates for a variety of businesses last month including a residential remodeling service, appliance repair shop and a chiropractor.

See the complete list of 34 businesses along with contact information.
Calling All U.S. Veterans
 
Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces - or do you have a spouse or family member who has served our country?   If so, the city would like to hear from you. 

Plans to create a monument to honor Peachtree Corners veterans are underway. The monument will be located on the Town Green of the city's new Town Center and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2017.

View the plans for the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument at  www.ptcvets.net.

Veterans and families we are asking that you send in your name and contact information including the branch of service and years served. Please include a daytime phone number.  Send an email to Judy Putnam, Communications Director at  jputnam@peachtreecornersga.gov  or call 770-609-8821.
Report What You See ... Protect Our Environment
Discharges of any kind to the stormwater system, other than rainwater, are considered an illicit discharge and are in violation of the Illicit Discharge and Illegal Connection (IDIC) Ordinance. 

Peachtree Corners partners with Gwinnett County to protect the stormwater systems within the city. If you notice an illicit discharge occurring, you can report it to the
Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources by calling 678-376-7193. 


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In addition to the e-newsletter, you will find news and announcements posted on the city's website, www.peachtreecornersga.gov. Please take a moment and visit the website between issues to keep up with the "News from Around the Corners."   

Judy Putnam, Communications Director

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