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Is More High Density Coming to the Rucker Corridor?

The lots may be getting smaller and smaller on the west side of town.

My side of town, the west side, has been in the spotlight down at City Hall lately. Within the past several weeks I've received 2 letters from attorneys' offices notifying me and my neighbors of upcoming rezoning proposals - both of them just to the east of me off of Rucker. 

Also within the past month I found notices taped to my mailbox asking me and all my neighbors to protest a request to rezone to high density the Ferguson/Cromen propert(ies) on Rucker Road across from the Catholic church.  

Then, I find out that tonight (this is Monday afternoon as I write this), there is a meeting at City Hall where residents can give feedback about what to do with Rucker Road.  

What to do with Rucker Road? 

Well, you can start by disallowing all these proposed high-density re-zonings off of Rucker Road.  We can live with Rucker as it is; but adding more and more and more traffic via new subdivisions?  

Evidently the Rucker Road corridor is the new high-density darling.  

As some of us know, what to do with Rucker Road is not a new question, but actually goes way back into the early 1990's, possibly even before that; I'll have to go examine some archives to confirm that.  Strangely, Rucker Road remains Rucker Road.  I have lived in a single family residential piece of acreage on Rucker Road and now I live in a subdivision off of Rucker Road.  Either way, Rucker is at capacity and I don't want to see the situation worsen.  

I seem to recall that a certain someone down at City Hall campaigned against high-density in Alpharetta.  You know who you are.  

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Larry Attig February 12, 2013 at 01:29 PM
I believe that it is time to wake up and realize that low density sprawl is no longer viable for sustaining a vibrant Alpharetta. Alpharetta like many suburban areas is faced with the reality of a new generation of workers who no longer wish to strive for the half acre three bedroom homes with a white picket fence. The new members of the work force are not only environmentally conscious of how they affect the footprint placed on the city, but they also choose to live in an environment that allows them to enjoy the convenience of live, work and recreate in close proximity to a business and commercial area. The Alpharetta downtown continues to struggle do to the fact that there is not enough high density population close to the downtown. This situation is about to become worsened with the construction of the new City Center. The success of this project is totally dependent of having a large customer base from which to draw. Those who continue to live in the past must realize that change is inevitable. For those who choose that lifestyle the opportunity still exists in Alpharetta but now is the time to allow change for the next generation.
Lee at rootsinalpharetta.com February 12, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Yeah, Julie. You're livin' in the past! You guys in the west part of the city with your sprawl. Your character area and its estate homes, horse farms and white picket fences... Don't you realize this isn't desirable anymore? Silly blogger. You're a threat to a vibrant downtown. Wake up and smell the coffee. Kids want density density DENSITY!
Julie Hollingsworth Hogg February 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I don't know, Larry. Maybe you're right. We'll see, eh? I'm not so sure I know this environmentally new generation of workers you refer to though. I'm around a lot of Gen Y'ers every day and my sense is that where and how they live is very much an economics driven question. I'll grant you this though - gardening is still the number one outdoor hobby and activity of the majority of Americans. You'll need a yard for this. ---As to the question of Rucker Road and all the density near it and proposed density, please remember that these questions have less to do with Alpharetta and more to do with the alleviation of traffic on Ga 140. I might also add that they concern the desirability of Crabapple, not downtown Alpharetta.
Jennie February 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I'm sorry, is there a transit plan for Rucker Road that involves busses or shuttles from Rucker Road to Downtown Alpharetta? I'm not opposed to having a vibrant Downtown with a variety of housing options within walking distance, but at some point one has to acknowledge that with more people there will be more cars. Planning proponents of sustainable walking communities are forever forgetting that we are not Boston or Chicago. We are a SUBURB of a major city, we can create these walkable microcommunities, but people outside that community who shop, eat or visit there still have to get in their cars to get there unless there is mass transit. Please tell me how successful the Crabapple Masterplan has been. A residential community divided by a major thoroughfare with no access to mass transportation and not enough crosswalks or traffic calming to make it safe to shop and eat there. I feel the frustration of local business owners in this economy but as a taxpayer I am frustrated with the attitude that those who don't yet live here have more influence over my community than those who do.
Julie Hollingsworth Hogg February 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Since the city has invited residents to City Hall to give input on the Rucker Road problem, I think you could agree with me that the community perhaps has influence.
Truthseeker February 15, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Gee Larry, So apparently you speak for an entire generation. Wow impressive you're clairvoyant . Are you also a medium?
Andrea Haff April 17, 2013 at 03:29 PM
I attended the first meeting about Rucker Road and left totoally disillusioned. Yes, the majority wanted to keep it 2 lanes, with turn lanes inserted. But NO ONE was willing to address the fact of all the new rezoning requests (and approvals) for new subdivisions along this stretch of road, that will add substantially more traffic to an already over burdened thoroughfare. So here's where we stand: 1. Our planning commission seems to be in favor of moving us from semi-rural to city status by approving the glut of subdivision building along this stretch of road. 2. Rucker Road, whether we like it or not, is a thoroughfare, a straight shot from Rt. 400 to Crabapple Rd. NO ONE is going to take another route to reach destina- tions along this passageway. 3. In order to keep pace with all of this growth, we need to plan long range for our traffic needs and put in a 4 lane road, with median strip, turn lanes and side- walks a la Wills Park. Will this change the character of the road? You betcha! But it is the only answer to the building expansion along Rucker Road. You can't have it both ways, and having community meetings that dwell on "the LOOK" of Rucker Road without addressing the fallout from the building expansionism is naive and financially short-sighted. I'm just sayin'.
PhatNate April 17, 2013 at 09:08 PM
The Genie is out of bottle on Rucker Road. You can only hold back progress so much. It is going to become a 4 lane road sooner or later, these same zoning questions keep coming up over and over again. It is the MAIN road from GA 400 to Crabapple and East Cobb and Southern Cherokee counties. The only real question is will there be a mosque on Rucker Road? And while they are at it maybe the FSA(Fulton Science Academy) should consider building on Rucker Rd. too.too. That way ya'll can complain about everything all together.

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