Mayor Mike Mason
From the Mayor's Desk
City Progress Report: 
A look back, a look ahead

Long-time residents may recall a different community: acres of undeveloped land, unpaved streets, the old Simmons Factory on East Jones Bridge Road and the thick stand of trees where The Forum is now located.

But change is inevitable, it is how we manage the change that's important.

It is the responsibility of your city leaders to envision, guide and manage the inevitable changes to our community. It's been six years since Peachtree Corners incorporated. Let's look at the numbers, at our key projects - and at our future.

  Pedestrian Safety

City Adding More Sidewalks

The City Council approved a contract agreement recently for survey, design and engineering for sidewalks for the following:
  • Triangle Parkway, 
  • Northwoods Parkway, 
  • Westech Drive, 
  • Metric Place 
  • East Jones Bridge Road from Simpson Elementary to Jones Bridge Park. 
These are funded primarily from a 2018 Georgia Department of Transportation grant to the city through its Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant Program.

Trellis owners, Liz Buchen (kneeling) and Adam Snow (right) demonstrate the company's water-monitoring tool.
Startup Business Provides Useful Product to Farmers

A Peachtree Corners startup company has created a product to help make changing weather patterns a little less burdensome on farmers.

Trellis, a budding business at Prototype Prime, provides an affordable option to farmers dealing with turbulent temperatures and irregular rainfall.

The company was started in 2015 by Liz Buchen and Adam Snow, both Georgia Tech graduates. They have degrees in aerospace engineering and both saw a void in the agriculture market for a tool to help prevent over watering and provide farmers with timely information about their fields.

Zoning Board of Appeals Members: (left to right) James Blum, Matthew Gries, Wayne Knox, Marcia Brandes and Amretta Regmi.
What is the Function of the Zoning Board of Appeals?

The Zoning Board of Appeals is a five-member board comprised of volunteers appointed by the City Council.  

Its duties and responsibilities include reviewing and issuing rulings related to variance requests and appeals of administrative decisions. 

Decisions of the Appeals Board are not subject to the review of City Council and can only be appealed to Gwinnett County Superior Court.  Members of the Zoning Board of Appeals serve two-year, staggered terms.

City Council Establishes Sidewalk Bank
The  City Council recently modified an ordinance that had required the installation of sidewalks on all new development and re-development projects on existing or new, public or private streets.

At its July meeting the Council approved an amendment to the ordinance creating a Sidewalk Bank which allow developers to provide a financial contribution in lieu of installing sidewalks in locations that would not contribute to the city's sidewalk network nor serve as a pedestrian amenity.

Find PTC Events, Restaurants and More on City's New 'Corners Connect' App

Now there's just one source you'll need for everything Peachtree Corners -- the "Corners Connect" app. Find   events, dining and entertainment, bus routes, city information, news, weather and more.

You can use the app to report a non-emergency police issue, traffic problem, find links, phone numbers to pay your water bill, county property taxes or to register to vote. The Fix-It App is also accessible through the new app.

When the Town Center opens, the parking feature will be activated to help you find a parking spot within the Town Center and provide assistance navigating to available parking spots.

The Corners Connect app is free and available for both iPhones and Android users. Look for the new app in the App Store (iPhone) and Play Store (Android phones).   After you've downloaded the new app, please give it a test drive and send your feedback via email to
Free Photo & Video Classes for Residents

The City is working with Tytan Pictures, an Emmy-award-winning company, to provide instruction on a variety of photography and video topics.

The classes cover everything from camera basics, lighting techniques and landscape photography to tips for advanced photographers. Check the city calendar for upcoming classes. Check  HERE for additional information on how to register for classes, location and times.
Have you checked the calendar on the city's website for community activities and events? 

The calendar is open to anyone in the community to post non-profit events that take place within the city limits.

How to Improve Water Efficiency in Your Home
WaterSense was created by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2006 to encourage water efficiency in the United States by creating a special label to denote water efficient products. 

The WaterSense approval stamp, pictured on the right, makes it simple to find water efficient products. Products and services with the WaterSense label certification use at least 20 percent less water, save energy, and perform as well or better than regular models. 
Tips on Home Mosquito Control

Here are some helpful hints to control of mosquitoes around the home. It is important to get rid of possible breeding sites to avoid a yard full of biting mosquitoes.

The single most important thing you can do to help manage mosquito populations is to manage standing water. Mosquitoes can breed in any standing water, but they are particularly drawn to standing water with lots of organic debris and mosquitoes can breed in as little as one inch of standing water.  

Have You Checked Out the New 'PCN' YouTube Channel?

It's full of fun and interesting videos about life here in "The Corners" and all of the shows are hosted by residents who live right here in Peachtree Corners.

Be sure to visit the city's new YouTube Channel - Peachtree Corners Network  at:
Veterans on Video

Last month the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument Association (PCVMA) announced that it would be establishing a schedule to video veteran introductions for the Veteran Monument interactive element.  

An email to all veterans and brick owners was sent in late July announcing the program. We have selected four dates in October, November and December, and will be sending invitations to sign up for specific dates next month. Please direct your questions to

If you've not seen it yet, stop by City Hall to view the Monument display.

For more details about the monument and sponsorship opportunities visit our main website or contact Bob Ballagh by email or by phone at 678-618-1722.
City Adds 42 New Businesses in July

City Hall processed new occupational tax certificates for a variety of businesses last month including a new coffee shop, an assisted living facility and a motion picture and video production company.

See the  complete list of 42 businesses  along with contact information.
Coding School Boot-Camp Coming to Prototype Prime

Prototype Prime is an incubator that focuses on early stage software and hardware technology startups. And it will soon be home to a coding school boot camp offered by Georgia Tech.
The classes begin in January 2019 and will be held in a specially designed classroom in Prototype Prime's newly expanded second floor. The Georgia Tech Boot Camp classes will offer a 12- or 24 week-long program that provides students with fundamental skills and knowledge on front-end and back-end web development.

 For questions or to tour Prototype Prime , contact Zoe Fox  at Prototype Prime.
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