How the JCCA Works For You
The purpose of the JCCA is to represent and protect the interests of the member associations as well as the community at large in various community, civic, and governmental activities that have an effect of the quality of life in the Johns Creek area itself as well as those areas which are contiguous.
The mission of the JCCA is to preserve, protect, educate and promote a diverse, balanced and sustainable community.
There is a guaranteed strength and power when two forces come together for the common good. The strength of a bridge’s beam is not fully appreciated until the bridge is built and ready for operation. The strength of a car’s frame is not acknowledged until the car is assembled and prepared for sale. Each piece of these respective examples can stand alone, however, it is the purpose and use of its joining with another part that makes it fit for use for the common good.
The JCCA’s voice is growing stronger because of our partners-Home Owner Associations, such as yours. The City of Johns Creek is growing by leaps and bounds, and the time for us to lend a helping hand in determining what the Johns Creek of the future looks like is now. This means that we need to continue to have an active presence with zoning issues, city council requests, public safety inquires, and any major issue that you and your community deem important!
There are many ways to make your voice heard in your community. We want you to always know that we are your liaison and advocate in Johns Creek, and that we are committed to being a force that will execute change and foster positive city growth. For example, if you are concerned about a zoning issue, please let one of our directors know and we will bring the concerns to the next city zoning meeting.
This is a way for all HOAs to work with the JCCA and have an active handle in their own communities. Our Board of Directors has a very visible presence at City Council meetings each month. City officials have begun to understand that when the voice of the JCCA stands to speak, that voice is speaking on issues that have started at the grassroots level and with more than one member expressing their concern. Trust that once we bring your HOA’s concern to the City Council, that we will continue to work as your advocate until the issue is settled.
Finally, we know that there are issues that arise which fall under public safety. This is nothing to push under the rug. The JCCA is adequately prepared to voice your concerns about public safety (or any major issue) so that the Johns Creek Police Department and city officials know that they need to move expeditiously for an answer.
We’re working for you and always thinking of new ways to educate you and inform you about important legislation. Having been around since 1982, the history of the JCCA is rich. Let’s work together to continue this great partnership between the JCCA and its members. The best is surely yet to come.
Judy LeFave, President
Johns Creek High School Students Win National App Challenge
A group of students at Johns Creek High School have turned a carpooling idea into an award winning app.
They entered Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge and won $20,000 for their school. The bright group of students came up with “Vroom,” a new app designed to help students get home after school so they can participate in extracurricular activities.
“Vroom” matches students in need of a ride, with other students that have cars, or even parents already there picking up their kid. Their video submission shows a student who has to skip robotics, and ride the bus because his parent can’t come pick him up.
“We thought, why not increase the efficiency and partner some of the students who don’t have rides home with some of the students that do,” explains Preeti Iyer.
The app works to match students who live within a 5 mile radius of one another. “At our school, we have like 10 or 12 main neighborhoods where all the kids live in, so there’s a very good probability that kids live within a mile or two miles of one another, so it’s no trouble at all just to go the extra effort,” Sneha says.
Aside from winning $20,000 for Johns Creek High School, this team will also have the chance to turn the app into a reality. They will be partnered with the Center for Mobile Learning at MIT to put the app on the Google Play market.
The students also won an addition $5,000 for the school and free tablets for being Best in Stat, before Best in Nation. The goal of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge is to get teams of students to solve problems in their school or community. They also hope it helps encourage STEM career paths, which are science, technology, engineering, and math.
Download the App for Johns Creek’s Restaurant Week!
The city of Johns Creek will celebrate its first Restaurant Week March 14 – 20, 2016.
An app has been created which will help you to select a restaurant to enjoy! You may download the app from Google Play and the App Store.
Come out, bring your family, and enjoy all that Johns Creek has to offer! All participating restaurants are below!
New JCCA Members for 2016
We would like to acknowledge the following HOAs for joining/renewing their 2016 JCCA Membership:
- Abbotts Bridge Place
- Abbotts Landing
- Abbotts Walk
- Ammersee Lakes
- Autry Township
- Bellemont Farms
- Brookhaven at Johns Creek
- Brydon Park
- Cameron HOA
- Cameron Crest Farms
- Carriage Homes at River Farm
- Carriage Park
- Coldstream Courts
- Concord Hall
- Country Club of the South
- Estates & Reserve at Foxdale
- Falls of Autry Mill, The
- Farmbrook IV
- Farmbrook Community
- Forrest Lake
- Fox Creek
- Fox Glen
- Gates, The
- Hayden’s Walk
- Ivey Ridge
- Kingston Crossing
- Lakehill HOA
- Lakeview Estates
- Laurel Ridge
- Lexington Woods
42. Mayfair/St. Clair
43. Medlock Bridge
45. Myers Park
46. New Haven
47. Oxford Mill
48. Parsons Run
50. River Farm
54. Saddle Bridge
55. St. Ives
56. St. Regis
57. Seven Oaks
58. Shakerag HOA
59. Silver Ridge
60. Sporting Club at Chartwell
61. Spring Meadow
62. Standard View
64. Sugar Mill
66. Village at Jones Ferry
67.Village at Thornhill
68. Waterford/County Lakes
69. Wellington Place Condo
72. Willow Run
73. Windermere Park
74. Winfield on the River
Update on the ThruU Proposal for State Bridge/Medlock Bridge Intersection
On February 5th we asked that you give your feedback on the ThruU intersection proposal and attend the City Council Meeting of February 8th to make your voice heard. You responded and it had a big impact! This is why the JCCA and your HOA’s involvement are so important.
Citizens are not opposed to traffic improvements in Johns Creek. Rather, we all want the best solutions for our community. Accordingly, as a community, we have sought to ensure that the important questions are answered before moving forward. After looking at and studying the ThruU concept, more information has come forward because our members attended the meeting, and spoke publicly.
In addition to comments from the public at the February 8, 2016 City Council Meeting, the JCCA recommended the formation of a stakeholder committee. This Committee shall be composed of residents from adjacent communities, effected businesses, and the JCCA. It shall serve as a preliminary sounding board for future analysis. Stakeholder involvement is a concept also clearly suggested in the ThruU Guide.
The Mayor assured everyone that plenty of notice would be given for additional public comment and feedback in the future before any solution would be seriously considered.
The JCCA will keep you posted on any future developments! For more information, please visit our website: www.jccahome.org
ARRL Signs New MOU with American Red Cross
The ARRL and the American Red Cross have signed a newMemorandum of Understanding
The document, signed in January, succeeds one agreed to in 2010; it will remain in place for the next five years. The MoU spells out how League Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers will interface with the Red Cross in the event that ARES teams are asked by the Red Cross to assist in a disaster or emergency response.
Park Place Choir Recruiting Singers for 2016
Johns Creek’s new Park Place choral group, “Park Place Voices,” is recruiting singers as it embarks on its 2016 spring season. The Park Place Voices is a choir for older adults 62 and up and at all ability levels. No auditions are required.
Tessa Walker, a music major at University of Georgia and a graduate of Johns Creek High School, began leading the choir in late 2015. Their first season culminated with performances at Park Place Senior Center and Chattahoochee High School.
“Music is a vital part of people’s lives and in addition to being fun, singing helps to improve breathing, increase energy levels, and is a simple form of self-expression,” Walker said. “Our new choir provides an opportunity to bring music and musical performance back into our members lives and the Johns Creek community.”
The group rehearses every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Park Place in the Newtown School located inside Newtown Park, 3125 Old Alabama Road.
Concert dates and locations are still to be determined. For information about the Park Place Voices or other Park Place programs please contact Maggie Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-512-3200.
Shooting Stars FoundationCommon Core & Speech Boot Camp
When: April 2 – April 6, 2016
Who: Grades 2- 6
Time: 5pm – 7:30 pm
What: Math & Language Arts Tutoring
Cost: $50 for Speech
$65 for Common Core
You may also click here
to visit the foundation’s web site.
Kick Off Casino Night for Mental Health Education
When: March 12, 2016
Who: The LRJ Foundation
Time: 6:45 pm – 11 pm
Where: The Manor Golf & Country Club
15951 Manor Club Drive
What: Learn about critical topics and trends impacting community associations. Also learn strategies to better lead your community and safeguard your legal liability
Cost: $65 or $115 for couples
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for more information.
2016 Homestead Exemption Due April 1
Johns Creek homeowners can save money on their 2016 property taxes by filing for homestead exemptions by the April 1 deadline.
Residents of Johns Creek may be eligible for one or more Homestead Exemptions
offered by the City to homeowners, as well as a number of exemptions offered by Fulton County
Homeowners already receiving exemptions do not need to re-apply unless there has been a change in ownership of the property. There are no age or income requirements to receive a basic homestead exemption, which takes $15,000 off the taxable value of a home.
To qualify for any homestead exemption for 2016, a homeowner must own and occupy the property as his or her primary residence as of Jan. 1, 2016, and must be a permanent, legal Johns Creek resident. People who file for exemptions after April 1 will not see their exemption in the 2016 tax bill, but will see it in 2017.
Applications must be filed in person at a Fulton County Board of Assessors office. The closest one is at Royal 400 Office Park, Suite 175, 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta.
The City and Assessor’s Office have created a combined application process so there is no need to file separately with the City for its particular exemptions.
Business Tax Certificates Due March 31
Businesses in the City of Johns Creek have until March 31, 2016, to renew their business tax certificates by submitting a business tax return
with full payment of all fees and taxes.
Business owners can come to City Hall at 12000 Findley Rd., Suite 400, to file tax certificates, more commonly known as business licenses, but the City also will mail renewal applications in early January.
Failure to receive a renewal application does not relieve a business of responsibility to pay its business tax by the deadline. Late payments are subject to a 10 percent penalty and interest of 1.5 percent a month. Business tax certificates, commonly called business licenses, will be considered on time if they are postmarked by March 31.
Certificates are valid for a calendar year, Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
As part of the City’s “Choose to Use Johns Creek” campaign, the Revenue Division’s online business directory
can include website information. When business owners submit their tax certificate application, they can also include their business website address, which will help citizens find and learn more about our local businesses.
For more information, visit the website’s section on Business Tax Certificates
or contact the Revenue Division at 678.512.3200.