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JCCA November 2016 Special Edition Newsletter

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The JCCA Point and CounterPoint for the Parks Bond Referendum on Nov. 8 Ballot
 
Voting Against the Parks 

By: Chris Coughlin, JCCA Board Member

One of the central tenets of my campaign for Johns Creek City Council in 2015 was allocating a portion of our large municipal surplus fund towards acquiring and developing parkland. Since then, the Council put this idea in action by acquiring 150+ acres of land. I’ve been satisfied that we’ve followed through on retaining a few parcels of undeveloped land and, now, the goal would be to develop and maintain these parks. Now that I’ve established that I’m a “pro-greenspace/pro-park” citizen, let me explain why I’m voting AGAINST the Parks Bond Referendum this November.
Why take on debt when you don’t have to at this time?
As you probably know, the city will most likely be spending over a MILLION dollars a year in interest for this bond. To account for both principal and interest, the city will have to appropriate $2.5 million a year to pay back the bond. However, it has been clearly stated that the parks don’t require additional funding. Per our City Manager and the City’s Parks Bond FAQ, the parks will be built with or without the bond. So, I am against paying $40 million in ONLY bond interest just to EXPEDITE park build outs. Without taking on additional debt, we’ll be able to provide even more municipal services or lower the tax burden on our citizens by saving $40 million in interest.
Other methods to achieve funding
While I admire our City Council for beginning to make park development and maintenance a priority, I don’t believe that alternate funding options for the parks were fully explored before putting the bond to the voters. I’ve proposed a voluntary taxation system, user fees, etc. to think of other methods to pay for the parks rather than a compulsory “everyone pays” system in which not everyone can or will utilize the services.
Information and renderings of the park build outs
I’ve attended both open houses for the park designs in August and September. While they were very informative and allowed for citizen input, these renderings are still in their infancy and still don’t explain the full plans. In fact, we still didn’t have cost estimates for the two biggest park build outs (i.e., Cauley Creek and TPA lakes), nor the plans for the Cauley Creek water reclamation plant, as of the latest open house on September 22nd. Given that there are still so many unknowns with these parks, I don’t think I have ample information to make a vote for or against the bond. Thus, I’ll defer to against until I have quality information to make a more informed decision.
Park Designs
Thus far, I believe some of the renderings for these parks are too “active” (e.g., Cauley Creek) and ambitious (e.g., Morton Rd. pocket park). Honestly, this is my preference to have a hybrid passive/active park, but it is looking like Cauley Creek may be a full blown active park losing some of its aesthetic appeal based on initial renderings (and potentially increasing traffic in the area).
Location
As I live in the northwest corner of the city, there are no parks or plans to acquire parks near our portion of the city. I’ll still have to go to Newtown, Shakerag, or, eventually, Cauley Creek during the middle of rush hour for my kids’ recreation activities, which makes 8 miles turn into a 45 minute commute. Until all portions of the city are serviced, I find it hard for me to keep investing in something without having anything returned.
Voting for the Parks

By: Michael Pelot-Hobbs, JCCA Board Member

I took advantage of early voting in Fulton County today as I had finally made my mind up on all of the issues and candidates.

I voted FOR the bond issue to support parks and recreation infrastructure facilities for the City of Johns Creek.  Borrowing funds by issuing bonds vs. using current tax revenue are two ways to fund capital expenditures.  If you believe that parks are important to our community now, as I do, borrowing the funds to accelerate the process makes sense.

I believe we need to develop the restrooms, parking, pathways, soccer/cricket/lacrosse fields and baseball diamonds necessary to make the parkland the city has recently acquired usable sooner rather than later.  It is true that the interest on these bonds will increase our total cost, but so does the mortgage interest most people pay to buy a nice house that fits their family rather than stay in cramped quarters with incremental additions.  It is a missed opportunity for us and our children to opt to slowly build out these parks using existing tax revenue rather than increase our taxes a little bit to have these amenities for our community now.  The parks will be here long after we are gone, but we may not be here to enjoy them if we wait.

For a city that has over 80 thousand residents, we are are sorely in need to more usable parkland.  Let’s give our families and our neighbors an early Christmas present by passing the parks bond !

 

 

Please note that the Point/CounterPoint writings in regard to the Park Bonds by Mr. Chris Coughlin and Mr. Michael Pelot-Hobbs, along with the piece on TSPLOST by Mr. Ernest Moosa, are a written expression of their own opinions.

The JCCA Board of Directors voted to encourage them participate in this writing in efforts to engage the community in the conversation.

 
If you are interested in sharing your thoughts with us, please visit jccahome.org and follow directions to the page.  We ask that your HOA membership be current and that you use your name.  Any comments left by ‘Anonymous’ (or that are deemed inappropriate) will not appear. 

The JCCA’s Counterpoint on TSPLOST

By: Ernest Moosa, JCCA Board Member

The vote Johns Creek residents will take on the TSPLOST 0.75% tax is critical to understand.
Voters are being presented with the opportunity to raise the taxes on themselves, which will effectively increase the spending and size of the Johns Creek City government by 29.7%. That is not insignificant.
TSPLOST is being advertised primarily as a tax that will help tackle road congestion. But the majority of the dollars will not go for projects to ease road congestion. Not even 1/3 of the dollars will go for road congestion relief.
Where do these dollars come from? Somehow, the sales tax has been touted as a way for others to pay for what you need. Yet there is no empirical research to show just how much that equals. Fulton County outside the City of Atlanta is not a tourist destination of significant size. And one would have to believe that the number of those tourists is astronomically high to offset the 482,000 residents that live here, shop here, and spend here each and every day.
The TSPLOST tax is also very inefficient for residents of Fulton County. You will pay this tax with after tax dollars. You will also never know exactly what your tax burden is for this issue because it is impossible to calculate just how much you actually pay over a year. Politicians love this.
What would have been tax efficient for you? The City of Johns Creek raising your property taxes to raise the money. Your property taxes ARE tax deductible. Therefore, the taxes you pay to the Federal government will be reduced by what you pay in property taxes multiplied by your nominal tax rate.
Using a nominal tax rate of 25%, that equals $13,800,000 over five years. That is real money that you, the residents of Johns Creek would save in Federal income taxes.  Why would the COJC not take this approach? They fear raising taxes on you, and prefer you do it yourself, even if it costs us $13.8 million in the process.
But wait, it gets worse.
Johns Creek is a wealthy community. There are several wealthy communities in North Fulton. And because we are wealthier, we spend more money. If we spend more money we spend more dollars paying sales taxes. It’s simple math.
Yet, the TSPLOST tax will be distributed on a per capita basis. This creates a great disparity in what some communities will pay and what they receive. Some communities , such as Sandy Springs, where salaries are high, and households are smaller, will be shortchanged in a major way. Johns Creek will also be shortchanged, paying more in sales tax dollars than they will receive from the TSPLOST based on per capita payouts.
Some proponents state that because sales taxes are regressive,  and that means lower income areas will pay more than higher income areas.  That is faulty thinking as lower income areas will spend a greater percentage of their disposable income on tax free items, such as food.  The real question should be “Who will spend more money on taxable items?  The cities with above average incomes in Fulton County or the cities with below average incomes?
The TSPLOST project list includes both needs and wants. What should have happened is that our needs were calculated, and then the COJC make the case that by raising taxes, and addressing those needs we would get the greatest return on our investment. What we have with the TSPLOST tax is an inefficient, costly alternative to good governance at the most local of levels -our City Government.
Vote No on TSPLOST. Then have the City of Johns Creek approach this issue with your best interests in mind.

#NoGASchoolTakeover
This November, Georgia voters must make an important decision on the future of public schools in our state. As many of you are already aware, a constitutional amendment allowing the state to take over chronically failing schools will be on the November ballot. The Georgia PTA and a number of other education-related organizations strongly oppose this measure. To appear on the ballot as Amendment 1, the measure calls for the creation of a state-run Opportunity School District, which would transfer the power for managing the targeted schools from local communities to the state. This change has profound implications for communities, since they will no longer be in control of their schools but still be responsible for funding them.

It is therefore important to become informed on this measure. The Georgia PTA has put together a toolkit to help families understand what changes the amendment would bring and how to work toward its defeat. Other organizations that oppose the measure, including the Georgia School Boards Association and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, also have great information. Please tap into these resources, and make your voice heard. This measure is a very big deal.

The Johns Creek Community Association’s HOA 101
 
This is a workshop that every board member needs to attend! Come out and hear information that you are now legally responsible to facilitate for your HOA!
    • Budget planning
    • Insurance
    • An appropriate recording of minutes
    • Fiduciary responsibilities
    • And much, much more!
Date:       November 15, 2016
Time:      6:00 pm – 7:30 pm with registration beginning at 5:30 pm!
Location: Emory Johns Creek Hospital
                6325 Hospital Parkway
                Johns Creek, GA  30097
The JCCA is Now Accepting Applications
for the 2017 Board of Directors!

The JCCA is busy planning strategies, events and workshops that will inform and educate Johns Creek’s citizens. While we’re excited about all we have in store for you in 2017, we’re well aware that we cannot do this alone.

We need your time and talent on the Board of Directors and on our committees! Committees searching for volunteers include:

  • Membership
  • Education
  • Sponsorship
  • Zoning
  • Technology

Starting November 11, 2016, we will be accepting applications for 2017 Board of Director positions. Please download an application here and be sure to submit it by Dec. 30, 2016. All applicants must be residents of Johns Creek and their HOA a member in good standing of the Johns Creek Community Association.

If you would like to serve on the JCCA’s Board, and help to lead changes in our community, please email Rep6@JCCAhome.org for more information and application procedures.

The JCCA is now on Facebook!
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Enter Your Group in Johns Creek Founders Day Parade
 

Enter your neighborhood group, civic organization or business in the 10th Annual Johns Creek Founders Day Parade scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3.

Application forms are available online and will be accepted through Nov. 10. This year’s theme is “10-Year Anniversary: Be the Exception.”

The Founders Day Parade is a celebration of the City’s incorporation in 2006. The 1.4-mile long parade has grown in popularity with thousands of spectators lining the parade route on State Bridge Road.

Past parades have included floats built by civic groups, scouts, businesses, and homeowners associations. Other participants have included marching bands, entertaining walkers, horse riders, the World Financial Group’s NASCAR racecar, the Oscar-Mayer Wienermobile, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Feed and Seed Marching Abominables, the Wells Fargo stagecoach, Medieval Times, Shriners units, and the Patriot Brass Band.

When you do your planning, please remember that there’s only one Santa, and he rides in a firetruck at the end.

Questions? Call Grant Hickey at 678-512-3351. Fill out the application online and email it toKaren.Negri@JohnsCreekGA.gov or fax it to her attention at 678-512-3244 or drop it off at City Hall, 12000 Findley Road, Suite 400.

JCCA Board of Directors
Judith LeFave – President
Abbotts Landing
Kirk Canaday – Vice President
Hayden’s Walk

vp@jccahome.org

Kathleen Field – Secretary
Thornhill
secretary@jccahome.org

Michael Pelot Hobbs – Treasurer
Prestwick

Prestwick

Ernest Moosa
Medlock Bridge
rep6@jccahome.org
John Bradberry
Kingston Crossing
Chris Coughlin
Concord Hall
Scott Sanders
Mayfair/St. Clair
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Our September 2017 Newsletter

Candidate Forum Set for Oct. 11
Mark your calendar for Oct. 11, 2017!
The JCCA is preparing to host a Candidate Forum so that city voters can make an informed decision on election day. This event will be held at St. Benedict’s Taylor Lodge.  Look for more information to be sent out later in the month.
The JCCA is Accepting Applications for Board of Director Positions
The JCCA is busy planning strategies, events and workshops that will inform and educate Johns Creek’s citizens. While we’re excited about all we have in store for you, we’re well aware that we cannot do this alone.

We need your time and talent on the Board of Directors and on our committees! Committees searching for volunteers include:

  • Membership
  • Education
  • Sponsorship
  • Zoning
  • Technology
Starting September 1, 2017, we will be accepting applications for Board of Director positions. Please download an application here and be sure to submit it by Dec. 30, 2017. All applicants must be residents of Johns Creek and their HOA a member in good standing of the Johns Creek Community Association.

If you would like to serve on the JCCA’s Board or as a Committee Member, and help to lead changes in our community, please email Nominating@JCCAhome.org for more information and application procedures. We look forward to hearing from you!

Johns Creek Council Member Won’t Run for Re-Election
By: Kristal Dixon, Johns Creek Patch
A Johns Creek elected official has decided against seeking re-election to a second, four-year term on the City Council. With a “heavy heart,” Cori Davenport announced she will not be running for re-election to the Post 3 seat.
Davenport said she has been thinking about this option for some time, and decided it would be best to allow other residents to vie for the votes of citizens.
“My intent four years ago was to serve my community well and to lend my business knowledge, common sense judgment and a no-agenda approach to our city government,” she said. “I have kept that promise to the citizens and to myself.”

Her time on the council, including working alongside Mayor Mike Bodker and other council members, has been an “honor and a privilege” she will cherish for the many years to come, Davenport said.
“I deeply appreciate the support I have been shown and the opportunity to serve my fellow citizens,” she added.
On behalf of the JCCA, we thank you for your time, effort and dedication to the Johns Creek community.
Johns Creek City Hall

Johns Creek City Hall is Set to Move
Johns Creek City Hall is moving into its temporary home at 10700 Abbotts Bridge Road, Suite 190 on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

City Hall is moving to this location temporarily, while renovations are made to the new, permanent City Hall building at 11360 Lakefield Drive.

City offices (departments including: City Clerk, Community Development, Communications, Finance, Fire, GIS, IT, Public Works, Recreation & Parks, & Revenue) will also move to the Temporary City Hall on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

Please note, some City meetings will be held at Municipal Court / Police Department, 11445 Johns Creek Parkway, starting Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.

Click here for more information!

City Begins Routine Maintenance on Abandoned Cemetery

The City of Johns Creek conducted its first maintenance on the grounds of the abandoned Macedonia African Methodist Church Cemetery under the new Fulton County agreement.
On July 10, the City Council unanimously voted for the City to accept the maintenance easement from Fulton County, which allows Johns Creek’s Public Works Department access to the cemetery.
“This is a good first step in helping to preserve a significantly important historical site in the City,” said Johns Creek City Manager Warren Hutmacher.
While this is the second time in the past year that the City has conducted ground maintenance on the cemetery, which includes cutting grass, weeds, trimming, and removing other rubbish and debris, it is the first time under the new agreement.

The City will now include the cemetery as part of the routine ground maintenance it conducts throughout Johns Creek.  It is estimated that the additional maintenance will cost approximately $3,600 annually.
While the history is not exactly clear, it is believed that the African-American slave cemetery dates back to the mid-1800’s, and has more than 53 marked and unmarked graves.  Long-term, the City hopes to work with outside organizations that are better positioned to unveil a more accurate history, and that can provide for a sustainable plan to improve and maintain the cemetery.
It is still unclear as to who exactly owns the property.  However, the City will continue to provide routine ground maintenance to help improve the condition of the cemetery.

Special Needs Bocce Ball on Tuesdays This Fall
The Recreation and Parks Division and our partner Michael Stinson, CPT, invite members of the community (18 years and older) with special needs to Bocce Ball Tuesday!

If you or someone you know has a developmental disability and are looking for a fun evening to hang with a friend and meet new ones, join us for a game of Bocce at Newtown Park! Bocce Ball, or yard bowling, is a fun and simple game that can be played by people of all ages and skill levels.

The Bocce Ball events will be held on the following Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Aug. 8 and 22, Sept. 5 and 19. Adults ages 18 -40 are welcome and the event is free! Parents are not required to accompany their young adults. Bocce courts are located next to Park Place.

To register or receive more information please contact Michael Stinson at 716.818.3475 ormichaelsstinson65@yahoo.com.
2013 Sponsor - Sears Pool

T-SPLOST – Do You Know What Your Sales Tax Increase for Transportation is Buying in Johns Creek?
Click here for an itemized project list!
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September Zoning News to Use
The City of Johns Creek Community Development Department is holding monthly Public Participation Meetings to allow the Johns Creek Community (at large) and JCCA member associations to obtain more information on city zoning cases.
 
The following case is scheduled to have its Public Participation meeting on Thursday September 7, 2017:
RZ-17-012 10730 Parsons Road- Rezoning from AG-1 to R-4.  Request to build 11 single family homes on 4.4 acres.
The following case is scheduled to have its Public Hearing before the Planning Commission on Tuesday September 5, 2017:
RZ-17-011 10700 State Bridge Road – Change in Condition to allow for Photography Studio
The following case is scheduled to have its Public Hearing before the City Council on Monday September 25, 2017:

RZ-17-006 10655/10725 Jones Bridge Road Rezoning from AG-1 to R-4. Request to build 17 single family homes on 7.45 acres.
Please feel free to contact Marybeth Cooper (rep7@jccahome.org) with any questions or for assistance with zoning cases.
September 2017 Calendar
Click Links Below for Details

                             
JCCA Board of Directors
Vacant – President
TBD
president@jccahome.org

Michael Pelot Hobbs – Treasurer
Prestwick
treasurer@jccahome.org
Marybeth Cooper
The Gates
rep7@jccahome.org
Vacant
St. Ives

rep5@jccahome.org
Anne Harriman
Medlock Bridge
rep6@jccahome.org

Scott Sanders
Mayfair/St. Clair
rep9@jccahome.org
Kirk Canaday – Vice President
Hayden’s Walk
vp@jccahome.org
Kathleen Field – Secretary
Thornhill
secretary@jccahome.org
Vacant
TBD
rep8@jccahome.org
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Take the Cauley Creek Park Design Back To The Drawing Board

Take Cauley Creek Park Design Back to the Drawing Board

by Cathy Eads, Homeowner, Devonhall subdivision in Shakerag

The city’s preliminary design plan for Cauley Creek Park is overly developed and completely out of place where this parkland sits in the city.

In comparing Cauley Creek to another high activity sports park – North Park in Alpharetta – we found that up to 2000 cars were generated on a busy day of weekend sports activity.  North Park has parking for only 659 cars.  It also has two entry points, is only 97 acres and houses only 8 softball fields and 2 multi-purpose sports field plus 7 tennis courts. The preliminary Cauley Creek plan covers 133 acres, has parking for 900 cars, is much more dense with 13 plus fields and amenities, and has only one entry/exit point. As proposed Cauley Creek will likely generate 3-4000 car trips on Bell Road during a busy weekend of high activity.

Traffic on Bell Road is already significant during afternoon and evening hours when school buses are out and people are trying to get home from work. The expected traffic from this park would create additional traffic congestion weeknights and on weekends. Do we really want thousands more cars racing to their next game or practice on Bell Road, even on the weekend?  Do we really want traffic jams 7 days a week on that tiny, two lane road?

The 2016 traffic study completed for this park land, recommends additional studies be done to determine the feasibility of Bell Road for tournament traffic. The current sports complex plans for Cauley Creek are designed to host tournaments in soccer or lacrosse, which would generate significant additional traffic. In addition, the entrance/exit would either require adding east-west turning lanes or converting it into a roundabout. Added improvements will be necessary and are not included in the current 16 million estimated build out cost.

Based on a 2009 traffic study done for a similar project at the now Chattahoochee National Preserve site (adjacent to Cauley Creek) the city rejected the project because it would generate too much traffic on Bell Road. How is it possible that the city council now finds a bigger park with more fields and parking is acceptable despite the fact that it would generate significantly more traffic?

The Comprehensive Plan states that Bell Road is to remain a two-lane road and that the Shakerag Character area is to be maintained as a pastoral, rural residential area.  This intensive sports complex/tournament facility design does not match the Comprehensive Plan description of what is appropriate development in this character area.

Redirecting the 16 Million estimated for the Cauley Creek build out toward the purchase of the old Dean Gardens property will provide a park for an area of the city that currently has zero parks and will preserve a riverfront parcel of land for the city!  Likewise it will allow more time to research a more appropriate development of Cauley Creek park while helping to provide the best parks availability and services for ALL Johns Creek citizens.  Since several acres of the Dean Gardens property can be put into conservation covenants, providing the city significant tax benefits, this purchase is a fiscally responsible move that keeps the preservation of one of our natural assets, riverfront property, under the protection of our city government.

While some city representatives continued to suggest that this facility will generate revenue, I have found no evidence to support that argument. This facility will cost a great deal to operate and maintain.  For example, it costs Alpharetta $78,000 annually just to operate and maintain the somewhat smaller North Park.  Operating and maintaining Cauley Creek as proposed will cost tax payers significantly for the foreseeable future.  And honestly why are we trying to develop our parks as money makers?  Parks are supposed to be for the enjoyment of the tax payers who fund them, not for bringing in people who live outside the city to use our roadways and facilities in trade for the slight tax earned on a hotel stay and a meal or two. It is not the job of city government to generate guests for hotels and restaurants. That’s the job of those businesses to attract patrons.

What about the environmental impact of this intensive development?  There are rare birds living there whose eco-system will be significantly disturbed. These species include the Henslow sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Sedge Wren, and Lincoln Sparrow, along with protected woodpeckers and owls.  What about runoff into the Chattahoochee?

This development will also have unintended side effects on residents, such as light pollution, crowd noise, late night games, etc.  We’ve seen several instances in Johns Creek where residents were impacted by decisions made, and our politicians answers were never better than “well, we never thought about THAT happening!”  Those factors will also affect property values for those citizens who own property nearby.

Some development of Cauley Creek for sports use is reasonable.  The current plan for a large sports complex is unreasonable and needs to be re-designed with the city’s own Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and the protection of its own citizens in mind.  The agenda that should be served by this park if for the good of the voting taxpayers of this city, not the agenda of a small group or individual in our city government.

Dean Gardens Obstacles

Dean Gardens Obstacles
By: Mayor Mike Bodker, City of Johns Creek
The City of Johns Creek appreciates the desire and allure to preserve Dean Gardens and possibly convert the property into an exceptional property in the grand tradition it once had. The City has certainly attempted to do so over the years. As it stands today and to date, there has not been a reasonable price that the City has considered a wise investment of your tax dollars.
Dean Gardens, prior to the site being redeveloped into a residential subdivision was surely a gorgeous piece of property. After many failed attempts at a viable purchase from the City or others, Lennar Homes, through the site development process has now converted the property to a subdivision. In the course of this transformation, it has stripped the property of a number of assets that were once its trademark. If the City decided to invest in the property now, it must factor in the purchase price and the costs associated with restoring the grounds while under limited conditions. We must also consider the current physical condition of the stripped land, the fate of the homes that have been built and the roadway that Lennar has installed that is not conducive to either a park or venue setting.
Let’s go back a bit and review the history of the property and how we came to where we are today. When Larry Dean purchased the property more than two decades ago, he imagined it would be his “forever” estate. As such, when he combined a few separate parcels together to form his estate, he sold off much of the impervious surface rights that came with the property which were then utilized by the surrounding residential communities that would later form around it. In doing so, he did not impede his use of the property as an estate, but he placed unforeseen handicaps on its future ability to redevelop.
Impervious surface rights define how many structures, parking spaces, and other impervious uses can be developed on a property. Impervious surface limitations are even greater as you get within 2,000 feet of the Chattahoochee River by virtue of state law. These limitations still stand.
When Larry Dean approached the City on several occasions to purchase his property, we were not able to come to terms on a price that reflected a fair value for the property nor were we able to spend the amount that would have been required to use the property at that time due to the timing of those discussions relative to the young age of the City.
Eventually, he sold the property to Tyler Perry whom we believe intended to use it as an estate in a similar fashion to how Larry used it previously. There was not much activity for a while after Mr. Perry bought the property until representatives of Mr. Perry approached the City to discuss his plans to alter and expand the estate. The City informed Mr. Perry’s representatives about the serious restrictions which would limit his ability to make the kind of changes to the property he desired. It is important to note that the restrictions were not imposed by the City, but rather a consequence of the disposition of impervious rights by Mr. Dean many years before. Because of his inability to redevelop the property as he desired and other factors, I have been told that Mr. Perry then decided to sell the property. It is also important to note that again the City was unable to come to acceptable terms to purchase this property from Mr. Perry either.
After Mr. Perry put the estate on the open market, perspective buyer after perspective buyer made contact with the City with interest in redeveloping the property only to find out that the restrictions caused by a lack of impervious surface rights would render those plans unviable. Eventually, Lennar Homes purchased the property and set out to rezone it for redevelopment as a detached home subdivision. As the plans came before Council, the neighboring HOA’s spoke in favor of the proposed plans, realizing that no other plans put forward could have come to fruition. It was shortly after their purchase that the City made yet another attempt to purchase the property. Unfortunately, we were again unable to come to terms on a price as Lennar simply wanted more for the property than made economic sense for the City.
There have been many ideas floating over the years of what the property could ultimately become, such as a City Center, a performing arts center or a park. Let’s take the idea of it being developed into a park as an example. Sadly, much of the value of the property in terms of its use as a park has been destroyed since Lennar began redevelopment. Today, it is has been scraped barren of many assets, such as the incredible gardens, band shell, conservatory, wedding chapel and so on, that would have been of great value in a park setting. It has now been redeveloped in such a way that the improvements that have been made are for the benefit of a home builder and not that of a park.
As noted previously, to justify the purchase of this property, the CIty would have to acquire the land at such an enormous discount (as compared to what Lennar both purchased and has subsequently invested into the property), plus spend significant funds to develop it into its final form and adhere to the impervious restrictions still impacting the property.
So, what is the real value of this property and what is a fair price? We are open to evaluating this once again with the same scrutiny as we have through past offers and ideas. But, at the end of the day, it has to make financial sense, coupled with a realistic view of what can truly be accomplished with its purchase.

We understand the desire of our citizens to preserve this land and appreciate the comments of many. The City has always believed that Dean Gardens is a special piece of property and hopes that it becomes something special once again.

A Proposal for Dean Gardens Property

A Proposal for Dean Gardens Property 

By: Irene Sanders, Homeowner, Thornhill subdivision

 

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “The nation behaves well if it treats its natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.” He was, of course, talking about our great national parks; but, the same sentiment can apply to Johns Creek, Georgia. If our city does not treat its green spaces as assets to preserve for the next generation, it ultimately has failed its citizenry.
From the ashes arose the Phoenix, and out of the ruin that was once a magnificent parcel of land on the south side of Johns Creek arises the opportunity to acquire a potential green space gem for the City. The reasons for acquiring Dean Gardens, this 58-acre parcel on the Chattahoochee River, are endless.

First, Dean Gardens could provide a park for a significantly underserved area of Johns Creek. In the current land use plan, this property was identified as a “distinctive area.” Indeed, one of the primary goals for this “distinctive area” was to use the Metropolitan River Protection Act to investigate measures to protect the Chattahoochee River as an important resource. That document envisioned improvements being made to the Old Alabama Road corridor, with additional multi-use trails and sidewalks connecting adjacent neighborhoods to parks (including the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve), and creating a multi-trail network along the river that residents could enjoy. In short, this property could be an important part of a future greenway plan for the residents in lower Johns Creek.

Newtown Park is terribly overused. Dean Gardens parkland could provide relief to the fast-paced Newtown scene. Residents who might prefer a more passive park for walking, biking, or simply enjoying an afternoon read along the Chattahoochee River would have a wonderful option in a pastoral setting.

Although Mayor Bodker states that the City has attempted to purchase Dean Gardens “a half dozen times,” discussions on such an acquisition have taken place during executive sessions, which are not subject to open record requests. Thus, we don’t know the amount the City offered in exchange for the land. We do know, however, that this property has been sold twice – once for approximately $7.2 million to Tyler Perry, and again to Lennar-Atlanta for approximately $10.5 million. Both purchase prices were considered true bargains at the time, considering the tremendous potential of the asset. What is amazing is that the citizens of Johns Creek have a remarkable third and most likely last chance to purchase this property – would Johns Creek residents see acquiring Dean Gardens as a good use of their tax dollars?

When Lennar-Atlanta requested rezoning of the property to allow for 70 single-family houses, there was considerable pushback from neighbors and efforts to improve the plan, but there was no legal rationale for the city to deny this zoning; sadly destruction of the considerable assets that made Dean Gardens truly remarkable was almost immediate. While the property has been stripped of these amenities, it still is a 58-acre property along the Chattahoochee River – a true value in its own right. With an eye to dynamic park development, Dean Gardens could once again become a jewel for Johns Creek.

So how can the City afford to purchase Dean Gardens? One option is to use park bond money. Of the five parks recommended by staff – all are north of State Bridge Road. Why not potentially develop these five green spaces more slowly or less intensely. Do the voting citizens who live south of State Bridge Road really want all the park bond money directed north of State Bridge Road? Do the citizens who live south of State Bridge Road in the lower half of Johns Creek deserve green space?

Cauley Creek, the intended target for a large portion of the recently approved park bond money, could still be developed; as the present parks bond currently has millions set aside for future park acquisition (http://www.johnscreekga.gov/parksbond) or if necessary the suggested plans for Cauley Creek could be scaled down (it is currently slated for roughly 900 parking spots and a competitive athletic facility – is that what the citizens truly want – see the plan the city has developed for this parkland at: http://www.johnscreekga.gov/JCGA/Media/PDF-Parks/Cauley-Creek-Park-Prelim-php.pdf) If this parkland is made less intense it could allow for the purchase of this riverfront resource in Area 3 along the Old Alabama Road corridor where no parkland currently exists. This wise use of park bond money would result in parks for both the north and south quadrants of the City, thereby impacting more citizens with the park bond money. Furthermore, to help drive down the purchase price, Johns Creek might apply for a conservation easement on much of the property; this would prohibit development on much of the property that is currently impeded by impervious restrictions. Certainly Lennar-Atlanta could either donate or drastically reduce the asking price on behalf of the city thus allowing a significant tax advantage to their corporation. In addition, the City could pursue federal and state grants for the protection of land on the river.

The one certainty is that every person in Johns Creek desires to preserve green space and parkland for future generations as Teddy Roosevelt suggested. Purchasing Dean Gardens is an option that’s too attractive to pass up. Given the considerable brain trust residing in Johns Creek and managing our great City, there’s no doubt we can find a reasonable way to add this outstanding parcel to our inventory of precious green space.

 

Our May 2017 Newsletter

A Letter from JCCA President Judy LeFave
Dear JCCA Members,
Over the past three years, I have given much of my time and effort to serving the citizens of Johns Creek through the JCCA.  During the past two years, I have taken on the challenge of leading this great organization as President. In that time I have faced many challenges, which includes guiding the JCCA toward a path of enhancing our purpose and function to the membership and in the community.  The JCCA has so much more to offer our membership than advising our member HOAs how to best handle a rezoning case.

We’ve made great strides in working with our sponsors to bring our membership the educational opportunities that will help make their HOA Boards a success. As an organization we’ve experienced unbelievable growth, this has truly been a dynamic time for the JCCA.

While the JCCA continues to evolve and grow, it will have to do so without me. I have recently had some life issues arise, and have decided to resign from the JCCA. At this time, the duties of President will be delegated to and divided among the Executive Committee consisting of Kirk Canaday, Kathleen Field and Michael Pelot-Hobbs until January 2018.  They will split the responsibilities of the President as each issue is presented. As I leave this organization, I am sure that the JCCA membership is in quite capable hands and look forward to watching it continue on its current path.
I am truly honored and humbled to have served my community.
Warm Regards,
Judy LeFave

Chris Coughlin Sworn In as Newest Johns Creek City Council Member
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher swore in recently elected Johns Creek City Council member, and former JCCA Board Member, Chris Coughlin during Council’s April 24 regular meeting.

Coughlin took the oath of office for Post 4, which was vacated after Council member Bob Gray resigned in February 2017.

Coughlin’s term will run through November 2019.

A Point/Counterpoint on the Merit of the Dean Gardens Property

Many see this property as a gem of the City. The JCCA will send a special edition communication in regard to the potential sale/purchase of this Dean Gardens.

Outdoor Burning Prohibited Until Sept. 30
A state-mandated burn ban on all outdoor burning is in effect from May 1 through Sept. 30.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes the ban to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations.

According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, careless burning of debris is the leading cause of wildfires in Georgia.

In the hot months of summer, the ozone in the air can reach unhealthy levels. Outdoor burning is a significant contributor to the pollutants that form ozone, according to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

For more information about the burn ban, see the outdoor Burning Guidelines on the City website. Submit an Outdoor Burn Request using this online form.

Questions? Call Johns Creek Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney at 678.512.3363 or email him atFireMarshal@JohnsCreekGA.gov.

McGinnis Ferry/Jones Bridge Corridor Project Mtg Set for May 18
The City’s next monthly public update meeting regarding the proposed road widening projects along the McGinnis Ferry Road and Jones Bridge Road corridor will be held Tuesday, May 18, from 7-9 p.m. at City Hall.

The public is invited to attend to receive the latest updates, ask questions, and provide input regarding each project.

Additional meeting dates include:
  • June 15
  • July 13
  • Aug. 17
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City Seeks Input on Draft 2030 Comprehensive Plan
The City of Johns Creek is currently updating its Comprehensive Plan and we need your input regarding future transportation, commercial, and residential development needs. The draft plan will be available May 1, and the City needs your feedback.

Based on feedback from residents and stakeholders who have participated in meetings, workshops, and surveys, the City has proposed the following goals:

Goal 1: Create a citywide multi-modal transportation network. Reduce traffic congestion. Connect neighborhoods and schools.

Goal 2: Create an identity for the City. Preserve existing character of residential neighborhoods as a guide for future development.

Goal 3: Expand the City’s economic base.

Goal 4: Provide superior recreational and cultural activities throughout the City. Positively engage our diverse population.

Goal 5: Develop tools needed to implement goals. Revise the Zoning Ordinance and Development regulations.

Feedback Received So Far

Transportation congestion is a problem

Landscaped, multimodial street corridors are preferred

The City needs an identity–a town center

Low-density development is desired

Walk-ability and bike-ability is a preference

We have too much under-utilized retail development

We need more small locally owned shops

Residents prefer traditional styled architecture with a 3 story max building height 

For more information and to view the draft plan on May 1, visitwww.ConnectJohnsCreek.com.

Crews to Begin Inspecting Storm Drains in Johns Creek
The City of Johns Creek will begin to expand and improve the annual assessment of its storm drainage system.

Following a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) storm water discharge permit with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the City is required to have an inventory of the storm drain system and Johns Creek must inspect 20 percent of the system each year. The inspection includes identifying City-owned pipes and structures that need to be cleaned or repaired.

This year, the inspection program will include photographic records of the interior of storm drain pipes and structures. The City’s study contractor, Metals and Materials Engineers, will conduct the inspections, which are expected to take nine months.

Crews may need to be on homeowners’ properties in order to conduct the inspections and they will have identification. If the homeowner has any concerns regarding the inspection and requests a delay in the process, the crew will notify the City, who will then follow up with the resident.

The structures and pipes that need to be repaired will be placed on a list and repaired as funding and schedules allows. Urgent repairs will be prioritized and conducted as soon as possible.

For more information, contact the City of Johns Creek Land Development Manager, David Chastant, at 678.512.3284 or email David.Chastant@JohnsCreekGA.gov.

Check the Chattahoochee Water Level Before Heading to the River
Viewed from a distance, the Chattahoochee River looks like a languid, easy-going river, but its appearance can be dangerously deceptive. When the Corps of Engineers releases water from Lake Lanier, the resulting surge of water can cause the river to rise several feet in a short amount of time.

During the summer, the Johns Creek Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Teamresponds several times a month to emergency calls to rescue people from the frigid, rushing water of the river. In some cases, they’re asked to help recover bodies.

“The surge of water doesn’t come in a crashing wave,” said Johns Creek Fire Chief Jeff Hogan. “The water level just rises, and if people aren’t paying attention, they can suddenly find themselves stranded on a rock that’s about to go underwater or in a boat that’s being pushed downstream by the current.”

During a release, the Chattahoochee can rise as much as 11 feet in minutes. The water can be as cold as 47 degrees, enough to bring on hypothermia and hamper efforts to swim to shore.

“We’re asking people to please check ahead to see when releases are scheduled,” Hogan said. “Always wear flotation devices, and focus on safety.”

The Army Corps of Engineers releases water from Buford Dam during weekday afternoons unless there are unusual downstream water demands or especially heavy rains. In those situations, unscheduled water releases can come in the morning and on weekends.

The Corps gives notice, but the announcements vary from a few minutes to a few hours before the releases. People can call 770.945.1466 or listen to 1610AM. River users may also view the daily schedule for releases (see the Buford column).

Four warning sirens are placed between Buford Dam and State Road 20. Releases occur within minutes after the sirens stop.

River safety tips:

  • Call ahead at 770.9451466 to learn when releases are scheduled. It’s also a good idea  to call just before entering the river. Be aware of the time and head for the shore when the release is scheduled. Even though it may take a while for the water to get to you, don’t wait.
  • Always wear a flotation device.
  • Keep an eye on the water level – note the water level on a solid fixture, such as a bridge support, and check it periodically. If the water level has risen, it’s time to get out!
  • Just because you’re in a boat, don’t assume you’re safe. People have drowned after their boat struck rocks broadside and flipped.
  • Make sure someone knows where you are. If you get into trouble, someone can find you and alert authorities.
  • Pay attention to where you are – there are mile-markers along the river. If you have to make an emergency call, you can tell authorities where to find you.
For more information, watch the JC Swift Water Rescue Team’s Water Safety Video, review the US Army Corps of Engineers safety tips, or download the attached Chattahoochee WaterSafety flyer.
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Special Needs Summer Kick Off Picnic Set for May 6
Local families (Johns Creek and neighbors) who have a family member with a disability or special need are invited to help us kick off the summer season! Joins us for the Johns Creek Summer Kick Off Picnic on Saturday, May 6 at Newtown Park, on the Park Place Event Lawn.

The Hawaiian-themed event, sponsored by Great Prospects and Johns Creek Civitans, will feature games, music, food, prizes, and other activities. Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are open to all ages.  Be sure to wear your favorite Hawaiian Shirt!

There is no cost for the event but please RSVP by emailing Kirk Franz, Recreation Manager at Kirk.Franz@JohnsCreekGA.gov.

Free Outdoor Fitness Returns to Johns Creek
Free Outdoor Fitness is back at Newtown Park Amphitheater and Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. Looking to try something new or you just enjoy working out in a fun outdoor atmosphere, the Outdoor Fitness classes are a great workout. Certified instructors teach these popular classes and all fitness levels are welcome.
The free group classes begin Sunday, April 9. Sign-in is at 8:45 a.m. and class begins at 9 a.m. All classes are one hour. Click here for more information.
2013 Sponsor - Sears Pool
JCCA Board of Directors
Judith LeFave – President
Abbotts Landing
president@jccahome.org

Michael Pelot Hobbs – Treasurer
Prestwick
treasurer@jccahome.org
Mark Venco
St. Ives

rep5@jccahome.org
Scott Sanders
Mayfair/St. Clair
rep9@jccahome.org
Kirk Canaday – Vice President
Hayden’s Walk
vp@jccahome.org
Kathleen Field – Secretary
Thornhill
secretary@jccahome.org
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Our March 2017 Newsletter

All Eyes Turn Towards Medlock Bridge Road
City plans are calling for
an increase in Medlock Bridge’s capacity by constructing three northbound lanes and three southbound lanes from Medlock Crossing Parkway to St. Ives Country Club Parkway/Grove Point Road.

According to a project map, this work represents the first phase of a five-phase proposal to improve Medlock Bridge for nearly its entire length through Johns Creek, from McGinnis Ferry Road on the north to the Chattahoochee River on the south, as well as a portion of State Bridge Road.
On February 22nd, City Hall held a Town Hall Meeting to specifically discuss this matter.  On February 27, City Council voted UNANIMOUSLY to delay any effort to widen Medlock Bridge/SR 141 from 4 to 6 lanes until AFTER the revised 10-year Comprehensive Planning process is submitted by the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to the City Council for approval.

The St. Ives, Medlock Bridge, Thornhill, River Club, Winfield on the River and Prestwick homeowner’s associations were instrumental in putting the brakes on the first phase of this project.  Please remember to thank your neighborhood HOA Board members for the time and effort they devote to protecting the safety, character and property values of our subdivision and City.

Chris Coughlin has announced his bid to run in the special election to fill the Post 4 seat on the City Council.
JCCA Board Member Chris Counghlin Resigns to Run for Johns Creek City Council
JCCA board member Chris Coughlin turned in his resignation to the organization as he prepares to announce his bid for the Post 4 seat on the Johns Creek City Council.

Coughlin plans to fill the seat which was vacated when City Councilman Bob Gray resigned to run for Georgia’s 6th Congressional seat.

“We will miss the creativity and wisdom that Chris added to the JCCA,” said JCCA President Judy LeFave. “But we absolutely wish him the best.”

Coughlin briefly served on the City Council in 2015, as he won a special election to serve out the unexpired term of Brad Raffensperger, who was elected to the State House of Representatives.
The JCCA Presents: 2017 Pool Safety and Beyond
Summer is less than four months away! It’s almost time to prepare your pool for summer fun, and JCCA Sponsor Sears Pool Management will return on March 22nd to bring us up to speed on all we need to know about pool safety.  He will be joined by Joe Dreher, of Dreher Insurance, who will update you on all of your insurance needs and Bill Gourley, of NowackHoward, who will address any additional legal issues before your HOA pool opening

If you’re on the board of your HOA, this is something that you won’t want to miss!

Date: March 22, 2017

Time: 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Registration begins at 6:15
Location: Emory Johns Creek Hospital
6325 Hospital Parkway
Johns Creek, GA  30097
Class Room C
Cost: Free
Get Involved with Johns Creek’s Comp Plan
The City of Johns Creek will begin the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan this fall. The plan, adopted in 2008, includes the City’s vision for the future and strategies for achievement, encompasses transportation planning, policy objectives, future development, issues and opportunities, long-range activities and more.

Get connected and get involved! There will be several opportunities for the community to provide input and feedback throughout the next several months.

Please visit the City’s Comp Plan web page for more information on upcoming workshops and education sessions.

The City Needs Your Help!
Dear JCCA HOA Member,
At the JCCA we always try to engage our members as soon as we hear about new issues/projects that arise within the City of Johns Creek. Since the City was established ten years ago, most of the issues brought to the JCCA have involved zoning regulations, which is part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
According to Georgia State law, the Comprehensive Plan must be reviewed every 10 years. The Comprehensive Review is currently under review and will be updated with new zoning regulations that will affect how our city is developed between now and 2027.  Some development projects being discussed include: an increase in higher density housing (apartments, condos, townhomes), the redevelopment of major intersections, a new town center at one of four potential sites, and more.
As a JCCA member and a homeowner within your community, we ask for your involvement in this process. Please take the time to respond to the survey posted by the City of Johns Creek, which requests citizen input as they establish new guidelines which will remain in effect for the next 10 years.
To date, only 300+ citizens out of 80,000+ residents have responded. We need everyone’s involvement in order to have a viable sampling from our residents in order to develop our city in a manner that our families can enjoy. Please check Nextdoor for daily updates by searching “Comprehensive Plan” as well as the Connect Johns Creek city website. The survey link can be found at:

OR
We ask for your participation in order to best represent your desires over the next 10 years. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Best Regards,
The JCCA

The Johns Creek City Council is preparing for its upcoming election, and the JCCA wants you to be as informed as possible about every candidate on the 2017 ballot. Starting March 8th, we want you to keep your eyes peeled for more information about an upcoming candidate forum. Our forums have historically helped residents to know more about each candidate’s experience, platform and what they bring to the Johns Creek community.This year’s forum will be no different and we hope that you’ll mark your calendar to attend as soon as we announce the date, time and location.

All information will be distributed via e-mail and you will receive instructions at that time on how to submit questions for each candidate to answer during the forum. 

Special Election Scheduled for Johns Creek
The City of Johns Creek has called for a special election on April 18, 2017 to fill the open City Council Post 4 seat.

The qualifying dates for the available seat will be March 6-8, 2017, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (GA Election Code 21-2-132).

Qualifying will be held in the City Clerk’s Office at Johns Creek City Hall, which is located at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 400, Johns Creek, Georgia 30097. The qualifying fee is $450 for each Council Seat which is 3 percent of the total gross salary for the preceding year.   Each candidate must meet the qualifications of the Charter and Code of the City of Johns Creek, as well as all applicable state and constitutional laws.

The City Clerk is the qualifying officer for the City of Johns Creek and citizens interested in qualifying to run for Mayor or City Council must:
  • Be 21 years of age
  • Have lived within Johns Creek for 12 months immediately preceding elections
  • If elected, they must continue to live within Johns Creek during their period of service
  • Be registered and qualified to vote in Johns Creek Municipal Elections.
In addition, the person must file their candidacy affidavit as prescribed by the Georgia Election Code along with complying with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. Please call the City Clerk at 678.512.3212 should you have any questions regarding qualifying or Municipal Elections.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Visit Johns Creek
The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is scheduled to visit the City of Johns Creek March 30 – April 2 at Newtown Park.

The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

Hosting The Wall That Heals provides a community with a multi-day experience of reflection that includes an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall.

“We are both very honored and excited about the opportunity to host The Wall That Heals in Johns Creek,” said Mayor Mike Bodker.  “We will never be able to repay those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country; however, we can keep their memory alive and demonstrate our deep respect and gratitude by visiting the memorial, reflecting on the names listed on The Wall, and learning more about the Vietnam era.”

This is the first of only two stops in Georgia that The Wall will make in 2017, and it will be open 24-hours a day and free to the public.  The second visit will take place in Meter, Georgia.
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Vendors Needed for 2017 Farmer’s Market
The Johns Creek Farmers Market is looking vendors for the 2017 market season. We are looking for vendors who make it, bake it, or grow it to be a part of this year’s market. Applications will be accepted through April 7, 2017.

The 2017 Farmers Market is anticipated to have more than 30 vendors selling locally grown produce or locally made foods and products. No re-selling is allowed and vendors must provide their own liability insurance.

The Farmers Market is in session each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 6 to August 26 at Newtown Park’s Burkhalter Amphitheater.

For more information and an application, please contact Recreation Manager Kirk Franz at
678.512.3200.
2013 Sponsor - Sears Pool
Things to Remember…
There are a few things that will take place before our April 2017 newsletter and we want you to remain aware of these things throughout the month of March:

–Don’t miss Restaurant Week March 5 – March 12th! Click here for more information.

–Keep your eyes on the local newspaper for Charter Amendments by Home Rule.

–The JCCA will be issuing a special article dedicated to TSPLOST that will include a few things that we, as residents, need to know in regards to the list of road improvements.

JCCA Board of Directors
Judith LeFave – President
Abbotts Landing
president@jccahome.org

Michael Pelot Hobbs – Treasurer
Prestwick
treasurer@jccahome.org
Mark Venco
St. Ives

rep5@jccahome.org
Scott Sanders
Mayfair/St. Clair
rep9@jccahome.org
Kirk Canaday – Vice President
Hayden’s Walk
vp@jccahome.org
Kathleen Field – Secretary
Thornhill
secretary@jccahome.org
 

Our February 2017 Newsletter

 
Thoughts on 2017 Initiatives from JCCA President Judy LeFave
It’s hard to believe that the JCCA is now entering its 35th year serving to make a stronger Johns Creek Community. We’ve had tremendous highs, a couple of lows, and a whole lot of wins that pushed the City further than we ever could have imagined.

Do you see the changes?

It’s safe to say that your voice was instrumental in the City Council races, on various City zoning cases and in City development meetings. It’s not because I went to this meeting, or that meeting–it’s because you used your voice to articulate the changes you wanted to see in Johns Creek. Then, the JCCA Board of Directors, began to implement and put a plan in action that not only caused change–but informed you to make decisions that was of benefit to your neighborhood. I’m proud that we have offered pool safety, river safety, HOA leadership and legal workshops.

So where do we go from here?

The Board of Directors has committed to initiatives that involve our members. Make plans for us to hear your heart on a variety of matters in the City. We know you have an opinion on the issues–and we’re ready to listen and act. There are many opportunities for YOU to get involved and help to shape the future of Johns Creek.  We look forward to working with you this year!

JCCA Installs 2017 Board of Directors
The JCCA has installed  their 2017 Board of Directors and are ready to serve the community. The vote and installation process was held on Jan. 24, 2017 and all board members made a commitment to bring new programs and outreach to the citizens of Johns Creek.

The 2017 Board of Directors includes many of those who served in 2016, and welcomes new director Mark Venco of St. Ives. The following board positions for 2017 are: Judy LeFave, president; Kirk Canaday, vice-president; Kathleen Field, secretary; Michael Pelot-Hobbs, treasurer; Scott Sanders, board member; Chris Coughlin, board member; and Mark Venco, a new board member from the St. Ives community.

“We have built a cohesive group that desires to serve the community through the JCCA,” said third year JCCA president Judy LeFave.  “We’re already planning new programs and workshops that will only help the HOAs in Johns Creek to continue to flourish and strengthen our beloved community.”

Some of those programs include: the Board 101 Series, Pool Safety and HOA Insurance Workshops.The first workshop for 2017 will take place in late February.

Johns Creek Moves to Widen Abbotts Bridge Road
By: Kristal Dixon, Johns Creek Patch
The Johns Creek City Council has approved a contract to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation to acquire right of way and easements needed to widen Abbotts Bridge Road.

The contract is for the purchase of right of way along Abbotts Bridge Road, also known as S.R. 120, between Parsons and Medlock Bridge roads. Abbotts Bridge Road from Jones Bridge to Parsons roads is currently under construction while the segment between Medlock Bridge Road to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard is currently under design, the city notes.
The current mile-long project under construction would widen the highway as well as add a center turn lane. It also calls for including landscaped medians and 10-foot-wide pedestrian trails on each side.The Jones Bridge-to-Parsons Road section is expected to be completed by the fall 2017, weather permitting.
Get Involved with Johns Creek’s Comp Plan
The City of Johns Creek will begin the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan this fall. The plan, adopted in 2008, includes the City’s vision for the future and strategies for achievement, encompasses transportation planning, policy objectives, future development, issues and opportunities, long-range activities and more.

Get connected and get involved! There will be several opportunities for the community to provide input and feedback throughout the next several months.

Please visit the City’s Comp Plan web page for more information on upcoming workshops and education sessions.

The City Needs Your Help!
Dear JCCA HOA Member,

At the JCCA we always try to engage our members as soon as we hear about new issues/projects that arise within the City of Johns Creek. Since the City was established ten years ago, most of the issues brought to the JCCA have involved zoning regulations, which is part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

According to Georgia State law, the Comprehensive Plan must be reviewed every 10 years. The Comprehensive Review is currently under review and will be updated with new zoning regulations that will affect how our city is developed between now and 2027.  Some development projects being discussed include: an increase in higher density housing (apartments, condos, townhomes), the redevelopment of major intersections, a new town center at one of four potential sites, and more.
As a JCCA member and a homeowner within your community, we ask for your involvement in this process. Please take the time to respond to the survey posted by the City of Johns Creek, which requests citizen input as they establish new guidelines which will remain in effect for the next 10 years.
To date, only 300+ citizens out of 80,000+ residents have responded. We need everyone’s involvement in order to have a viable sampling from our residents in order to develop our city in a manner that our families can enjoy. Please check Nextdoor for daily updates by searching “Comprehensive Plan” as well as the Connect Johns Creek city website. The survey link can be found at:

OR
We ask for your participation in order to best represent your desires over the next 10 years. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Best Regards,
The JCCA

New Year, New Sponsors!
The JCCA continues to think about its members and plan workshops that will be of benefit to HOAs and the citizens of Johns Creek. We are happy to welcome Nowack Howard, Dreher Insurance and Heritage Property Management as our 2017 Sponsors.

Please be on the lookout for more class offerings in the coming weeks. Also be sure to visit our new sponsors and see if they can be of any service to you, your board or your neighborhood and friends.

Free Document Shredding on Feb. 11
A free document shredding will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Panera Bread Company, 11715 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA.
 
Visit www.knfb.org for more details!

Leadership Johns Creek Seeking Applicants for Class of 2018
Are you interested in learning more about Johns Creek?  Are you motivated by challenges?  Are you passionate about serving and giving back to the community in which you live or work?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you are a candidate for Johns Creek’s adult leadership program.

Leadership Johns Creek (LJC) is currently seeking applicants for the Class of 2018. The nine-month program is scheduled to begin in September with an anticipated twenty-five member class.
Please join us at one of the information sessions to be held at the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce on February 6, March 2, March 30 and April 11 at 5:30 p.m. to find out more about program participation and sponsorship.
The information session will last approximately 45 minutes consisting of an overview of the program, requirements, expectations and a Q&A opportunity with LJC alumni and Board members. Attendees at the session are under no obligation to apply for the program.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Lynn Canty at info@leadershipjohnscreek.com with your name, company (if applicable) and contact info, or call 770-495-0545, ext. 106.
We look forward to meeting you and providing more information about Leadership Johns Creek.  The Johns Creek Chamber is located at 10475 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 122, Johns Creek GA 30097 (in Ivy Falls business center at the corner of Wilson Road and Medlock Bridge Road, Building 100, 2nd floor).
Learn more about Leadership Johns Creek and Student Leadership Johns Creek atwww.LeadershipJohnsCreek.com.

JCCA City Council Statement on Billboards
The City of Johns Creek fought to keep billboards out of our community.  We fought the battle all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court, but unfortunately, we lost that legal battle which forced the City to enter into settlement negotiations with the billboard companies.

The goal of the negotiations was to mitigate the effects of the court ruling.  Today, we are faced with the unfortunate reality that up to ten billboards are going up despite the City’s efforts, but this number could have been much larger without the settlement agreement.

Everyone in Johns Creek is upset to see these billboards going up, including your Mayor and City Council members.  As much as we would like to change the present billboard situation, we cannot change the legal dictate imposed on us or the settlement agreement without putting the city in legal jeopardy.  All we can do now as a city and as a community is to move forward together to do the best for Johns Creek that we can.

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital to Offer Free Health Screenings
By: Johns Creek Patch

Free health screenings will be offered to women including: glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index during the event, which is slated for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the hospital.

Clinicians will also be on hand to educate women about breast health, cardiovascular disease and signs of stroke and heart attacks. Jennifer Graham, NP, Emory Heart and Vascular Center; Maria Piraner, MD, diagnostic radiologist, director of the Center for Breast Care at EJCH; and Patricia Yugueros, MD, chief of plastic surgery at EJCH, and will hold a panel discussion about trends in women’s health at 6 p.m.

Doors will open to the Ladies’ Night Out event at 6:30 p.m. Read more here.

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Johns Creek Named One of the Safest Cities in Georgia
Because of Georgia’s effort, it’s no surprise that 75% of last year’s safest cities stayed in the top twenty once again.

This year, the fifty safest cities in Georgia are being recognized, all of which reported fewer than forty total violent and property crimes per 1,000 people, according to the 2015 FBI crime data.

Although Georgia has a slightly higher crime rate than the national average, 58% of Georgia’s safest cities have lower property crime rates and 88% reported lower violent crime rates than the national average. Read more here.

Free Oak Seedlings Available
There are free Scarlet Oak and Swamp Chestnut Oak seedlings (about two feet tall) available at the Keep North Fulton Beautiful recycling center.

The seedlings are free to all–so please stop by, pick up some trees for yourself and your neighbors, and let’s get these young trees into the ground.

Future North Fulton residents, both human and animal, will appreciate your efforts!  Visit www.knfb.org for more information.
JCCA Board of Directors
Judith LeFave – President
Abbotts Landing
president@jccahome.org

Michael Pelot Hobbs – Treasurer
Prestwick
treasurer@jccahome.org
Mark Venco
St. Ives

rep5@jccahome.org
Chris Coughlin
Concord Hall
rep8@jccahome.org
Scott Sanders
Mayfair/St. Clair
rep9@jccahome.org
Kirk Canaday – Vice President
Hayden’s Walk
vp@jccahome.org
Kathleen Field – Secretary
Thornhill
secretary@jccahome.org
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January 2017 Newsletter

Johns Creek Wants Your Input on City Parks
Grow. Plan. Play
The Johns Creek City Council approved the following Parks Design Concepts for the City’s five newest parks: Cauley Creek; Technology Park Linear Park; and the pocket parks at Morton Road, State Bridge, and Bell/Boles.

Public involvement is key to the success of this new park design project and citizen input will continue help to guide the planning process. Share your ideas by emailing the City at parkdesign@johnscreekga.gov.

Click HERE for more information or to submit your comments and questions.

Will We See You at the JCCA’s 2017 Annual Meeting?
The JCCA is busy preparing for their Annual Meeting and we want you to save the date!

DATE: January 24, 2017

LOCATION: Atlanta Athletic Club
1930 Bobby Jones Drive
Johns Creek, GA  30097
More Information Will Be Available Soon!

Zoning Public Participation/Neighborhood Meeting

The neighborhood meeting is an opportunity for residents and business owners to learn more about a current rezoning or special use permit application. This was formerly known as Community Zoning Information Meeting (CZIM).

This informal meeting is held at the beginning of the application process, and is before both the Planning Commission meeting and the Mayor & City Council meeting.

Individuals will have the opportunity to hear directly from the applicant, review plans up close (such as site plans and architectural drawings) and ask questions regarding the proposal. The neighborhood meeting will replace the public participation meeting that was typically held during the JCCA meetings.

The next meeting will take place on Jan. 5, 2017 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 7pm. Please see the upcoming cases below:

Please click HERE for more information on zoning.

City Residents Now Able to Text to 911
Citizens of Johns Creek, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, and Sandy Springs can text 911 if they are unable to verbally call 911 during an emergency starting Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.

Chatcomm, Johns Creek’s 911 authority, implemented texting 911 to assist callers who are hearing impaired or in situations where a caller may be in an extremely dangerous situation and placing a verbal call to 911 may place them in further danger. It is not for regular contact with 911.

Calling 911 is the preferred method of giving information to dispatchers as it saves time and allows call takers to ask vital questions in a timely manner in order to send help.

If you text 911, you will receive a message that states “If it is safe to do so, please call 911.” If there is no reason to text 911 you are asked to stop texting and call 911. Text messengers will need to type their address or street intersection so responders know the text messenger’s location.

It’s important to note that texting 911 is slower than normal phone conversations, and vital questions will be asked and text messengers must text back the answers.

The system cannot receive photos or video at this time.

Outdoor Burning Now Allowed
in Johns Creek
With the improvement in weather and drought conditions, the City of Johns Creek has lifted its temporary prohibition of outdoor burning.

“We encourage everyone to use appropriate, safe burning practices if they decide to conduct any outdoor burning,” said Johns Creek Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney.
McGiboney added that any outdoor burning requires approval prior to conducting burning activity.

To request approval, visit the City website to submit the request online. View the City’sburning guidelines.

Volunteers Needed on City Boards & Committees
The City of Johns Creek is seeking volunteers interested in serving on its five boards and commissions.

Residents who are interested in serving on the Arts & Culture Board, Public Art Board, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Construction Board of Appeals, can nominate themselves for board positions. Residents with the time, ability and desire to actively participate on these boards are asked to please apply online.

The Arts & Culture Board, which has seven members, promotes the arts by making recommendations to the Mayor and City Council about enriching the City’s cultural scene. The board advocates for the arts as well as studies and makes quarterly recommendations to City Council about policies and proposed programs or artwork in Johns Creek. The Arts & Culture Board members are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Each board member is appointed to a two-year term and may serve consecutive terms.  The Arts & Culture Board meets on the fourth Thursday of the month.

The Public Art Board, which has five members, reviews proposals for public art work and provides recommendations to the City Council as outlined in the Public Art Ordinance and Public Art Master Plan. The Public Art Board may develop standards for Public Art on City property, including the selection of works of art and special landscape treatments, with the final review and approval by the Mayor and City Council. Each board member is appointed by the Mayor & City Council to four-year terms. The Public Art Board meets as proposals are received.

The Planning Commission, which has seven members, reviews zoning cases and serves as a recommending body to the Mayor and City Council for the purpose of upholding and implementing the vision and objectives as outlined in Comprehensive Plan and accompanying regulatory ordinances such as zoning and subdivisions. Planning Commission members are appointed by Mayor & City Council and serve two year, staggered terms. The Planning Commission meets on the first Tuesday of the month.
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), which has seven members, decides on cases requesting variances and/or code interpretations on the regulatory ordinances of the City, including but not limited to zoning and land development regulations. Further, the board shall hear cases requesting an appeal to a staff interpretation and/or decision on the above referenced ordinances. Other ordinances adopted in the future that include regulatory requirements which affect building and development may come under the purview of this Board. The BZA is a decision making board in that any appeal to its decisions shall be made to the Superior Court of Georgia.  BZA members are appointed by Mayor & City Council and serve two year, staggered terms. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

The Construction Board of Appeals, which has five members, decides on cases requesting variances, code interpretation or an appeal to a staff decision on regulatory ordinances of the construction of buildings or the life safety within such structures.  The Johns Creek Construction Board of Appeals is appointed by Mayor & City Council and does not currently have a regular meeting schedule.  Ideal candidates include persons in the architecture, construction and engineering field.  When one is established, meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers.

Questions? Call City Hall at 678.512.3200 or email info@JohnsCreekGA.gov.
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Updates in City Traffic Improvements

Johns Creek continues to make improvements to city roads so you can have an easier time while driving to your next destination. You may view the latest updates, as of Dec. 9, 2016 HERE.

Repaving Plan for City Subdivisions

Repaving crews resurfaced 34.1 miles of streets in 26 subdivisions, including Sugar Mill, one of the City’s largest. In 2011, a consultant drove a specially equipped vehicle down each of Johns Creek’s streets to gauge their conditions.  Using that data as a guide, the Public Works staff developed a repaving plan for the City’s subdivisions.

Please view the repaving plan HERE.
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What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly
 We’re in the throes of Winter, and that means that an ice or snow storm may cause you to lose power for a few days. These helpful tips from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and other federal agencies will come in handy, should you ever find yourself in your house, waiting for the power to return!
JCCA Board of Directors
Judith LeFave – President
Abbotts Landing
president@jccahome.org

Kirk Canaday – Vice President
Hayden’s Walk
vp@jccahome.org

Kathleen Field – Secretary
Thornhill
secretary@jccahome.org

Michael Pelot Hobbs – Treasurer
Prestwick
treasurer@jccahome.org

Nancy Chen

Prestwick

rep5@jccahome.org

Ernest Moosa
Medlock Bridge
rep6@jccahome.org
John Bradberry
Kingston Crossing
rep7@jccahome.org
Chris Coughlin
Concord Hall
rep8@jccahome.org
Scott Sanders
Mayfair/St. Clair
rep9@jccahome.org
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December 2016 Newsletter

Johns Creek Becomes First Municipality in the World to Share Business Data on Waze
Finding a business – and driving to it – in Johns Creek is now easier when using Waze due to a groundbreaking expansion of the City’s Waze partnership.

As the first municipal partner in Georgia since August 2015, Johns Creek has been sharing real-time road closure and construction information Waze to help drivers improve their commute and “outsmart traffic.”  This partnership expansion involves sharing business locations derived from Johns Creek license applications and renewals in a map-friendly format that Waze can easily consume.

“If you search for a place to eat or shop in an app on your phone, you’re most likely searching by the name of the business and not a specific address,” says Nick O’Day, Johns Creek’s senior GIS manager and architect of the city’s Open Data Portal.  “By sharing business information to Waze with the business name tied to a latitude and longitude, it makes the experience faster and easier.”  Waze pulls information from the City’s Open Data Portal automatically and, as a result, the process doesn’t cost the city anything.

“We are proud to be the first municipality in the world to use this technology to better serve our City,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “Using this technology, our citizens are better equipped to travel our roads and get to local businesses – faster and easier.”

Waze, the world’s largest crowd-sourced traffic navigation app, likes getting data from partner cities because it can immediately use it.   Prior to the initial import of data from the City, the app recorded around 500 unique businesses in Johns Creek that were manually added over time by Waze users (called “Wazers.”)

The first import brought in the remaining 1,000+ Johns Creek businesses in one massive update.  As new businesses move into Johns Creek, these locations will be added to the City’s Open Data Portal and therefore will be pulled into Waze according to their update schedule.

“Today, Johns Creek is leading the Waze Connected Citizens Partner Network in innovation as the first municipality to share real-time business location data with Waze,” said Paige Fitzgerald, Waze’s Connected Citizens Program Manager.

“This allows Waze users to navigate easily to any Johns Creek business and stay up to date on changing business locations. With the addition of this new data set, users will be better able to patronize local businesses.”

The JCCA is Now Accepting Applications
for the 2017 Board of Directors!

The JCCA is busy planning strategies, events and workshops that will inform and educate Johns Creek’s citizens. While we’re excited about all we have in store for you in 2017, we’re well aware that we cannot do this alone.

We need your time and talent on the Board of Directors and on our committees! Committees searching for volunteers include:

  • Membership
  • Education
  • Sponsorship
  • Zoning
  • Technology
Starting November 11, 2016, we will be accepting applications for 2017 Board of Director positions. Please download an application here and be sure to submit it by Dec. 30, 2016. All applicants must be residents of Johns Creek and their HOA a member in good standing of the Johns Creek Community Association.

If you would like to serve on the JCCA’s Board or as a Committee Member, and help to lead changes in our community, please email Nominating@JCCAhome.org for more information and application procedures. We look forward to hearing from you!

Rezoning Cases Scheduled for Early 2017
The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting for December 6, 2016 has been canceled.
the public participation meeting is Thursday, December 8th and all citizens will be able o review zoning cases on that date. The cases include:


Special Use Permit (SUP-16-001) for Verizon to construct a 70″ cell tower (disguised as a tree) at 10475 Medlock Bridge Road (east side between Wilson & Parsons Roads.)

Rezone 4.4 acres at 11350 Technology Circle to TR (RZ-16-006) so as to construct 50 townhomes ata density of over 12 units per acre. 

Rezone parcel at Jones Bridge & Taylor Roads from OI to C1 (RZ-16-007) with a Special Use Permit to allow multiple self-storage (SUP-06-003).

More information can be found at: http://www.johnscreekga.gov/ Residents/Community- Development/Zoning/Public- Participation-Neighborhood- Meetings

Level 2 Drought Initiates Water Restrictions
Gov. Nathan Deal has approved a Level 2 Drought Response designation, which includes Fulton County and the City of Johns Creek.
Level 2 Drought Response adds restrictions to outdoor uses. Outdoor landscape watering is only allowed two days per week determined by odd and even-numbered addresses. Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

Prohibited outdoor water uses under Level 2 Drought Response include:
  • Washing hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks
  • Water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains
  • The use of fire hydrants, except for firefighting and public safety
  • Non-commercial washing of vehicles
  • Non-commercial pressure washing
  • Fundraising car washes
View the Governor’s statement on the drought response here. View information on Johns Creek’s outdoor burn ban here. For drought monitor information, maps, and state water conservation details, view here.
Outdoor Burning Temporarily Banned in Johns Creek
Due to the current weather conditions, outdoor burning is temporarily prohibited in Johns Creek.

The extreme dry weather, low humidity, and current fire danger rating make outdoor burning an unsafe act, according to Johns Creek Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney.

“We want to make sure all residences and properties in our community are safe and therefore we need to take this precautionary measure,” said McGiboney. “The ban will be in place until weather conditions improve.

City Completes Year 2 of Repaving Program 
The Johns Creek Public Works Department has finished its second round of a four-year program to repave its neighborhood streets.

Repaving crews resurfaced 34.1 miles of streets in 26 subdivisions, including Sugar Mill, one of the City’s largest. The City increased funding for the project from $1.5 million to $5 million in the Fiscal Year 2016 in an effort to accelerate the repaving program timeline by a year from 2019 to 2018.
“The Public Works Department has done an exceptional job continuing the multi-year initiative to resurface neighborhood streets,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “By accelerating the program this year, more neighborhoods are enjoying repaired streets and enhanced curb appeal at a faster rate.”
In 2011, a consultant drove a specially equipped vehicle down each of Johns Creek’s streets to gauge their conditions.  Using that data as a guide, the Public Works staff developed arepaving plan for the City’s subdivisions.

The physical survey of city streets revealed that many of them had a substandard Pavement Quality Index (PQI), a scale developed by the Corps of Engineers to measure cracking, potholes, rutting, weathering and other factors. Low PQI scores reflect poor condition of pavement. The lower the PQI score, the higher the ranking when scheduling the repaving.

In 2015, the repaving crews resurfaced 34.33 miles of streets in 34 subdivisions. Johns Creek spent approximately $5.83 million in 2015 toward maintaining neighborhood streets.

For more information, please view the Neighborhood Repaving webpage.

City Launches Annual Toys for Tots Campaign
This holiday season bring a smile and a message of hope to a less-fortunate child’s face by donating a new toy to the City of Johns Creek’s 10th annual “Toys for Tots” campaign.

Donated toys, which will be accepted Nov. 14 through Dec. 15, should be unwrapped, but still in their original packaging. Typically, most donated toys are appropriate for small children, but there is a large need for youngsters 10 to 12 years old.

“Toys for Tots” donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Fire Station #61:  10265 Medlock Bridge Parkway
Fire Station #62: 10925 Rogers Circle
Fire Station #63: 3165 Old Alabama Road
City Hall: 12000 Findley Road, Suite 400
Park Place: 3150 Old Alabama Road
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Sign Up for Citizens Fire Academy
Johns Creek residents can get a detailed look at how their fire department operates when the Johns Creek Fire Department (JCFD) launches its next Citizens Fire Academy, Feb. 21, 2017.

During the 10-week course, participants will learn about JCFD operations, fire tactics and strategies and aspects of fire prevention and investigation techniques.
The academy meets Feb. 21, 28, March 11, 14, 21, April 1, 4, 11, 29 and May 2 and includes classroom instruction (equipment, fire prevention); demonstrations (CPR, investigation techniques); and practical exercises (fire ground training, emergency medical exercises).

The Citizens Fire Academy is open to Johns Creek residents or those who work in Johns Creek age 18 and older who successfully pass the application process and a criminal history check. 

Download the application or get one at JCFD Headquarters, 12000 Findley Road, Suite 380, Johns Creek, GA 30097. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2016. If accepted, there is a $25 program fee.

Email Meloni Bryson for more information, or call 678.474.1641.
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Ocee Park Youth Baseball Registration Open Through Dec. 14 
Spring will be here before we know it and with spring comes the start of America’s favorite pastime! Registration for the Ocee Park Athletic Association Spring baseball leagues has begun and runs through Dec. 14, 2016.

Practices begin February 6, 2017 at Ocee Park, 10900 Buice Road, and the first games are scheduled for March 4, 2017.  The Spring season extends through May 24, 2017.

Teams are open to boys and girls ages 4 years to 18 years old and everyone from the seasoned veteran to the beginner is welcome into the program.

T-ball registration fees are $170 for Johns Creek and Alpharetta residents and $255 for non-residents.  All other baseball leagues have fees of $200 for Johns Creek and Alpharetta residents or $300 for non-residents.

For more information about the sports leagues offered at Ocee Park, visit the Ocee Park Athletic Association website at www.oceepark.com. Please register early – leagues fill up quickly.

Ocee Park Athletic Association is a park partner of the City of Johns Creek.  The athletic association runs sports programs at Ocee Park, owned by the City of Johns Creek.


See you in 2017!
JCCA Board of Directors
Judith LeFave – President
Abbotts Landing
president@jccahome.org

Kirk Canaday – Vice President
Hayden’s Walk
vp@jccahome.org

Kathleen Field – Secretary
Thornhill
secretary@jccahome.org

Michael Pelot Hobbs – Treasurer
Prestwick
treasurer@jccahome.org

Nancy Chen

Prestwick

rep5@jccahome.org

Ernest Moosa
Medlock Bridge
rep6@jccahome.org
John Bradberry
Kingston Crossing
rep7@jccahome.org
Chris Coughlin
Concord Hall
rep8@jccahome.org
Scott Sanders
Mayfair/St. Clair
rep9@jccahome.org
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