Monday, May 6, 2013
The City Council included the construction grant in its proposal that helped the state pick Alpharetta for its North Fulton campus.
Alpharetta City Council is scheduled to approve a $4 million bond issue to give Gwinnett Tech a grant toward the construction of the college's Alpharetta campus. The Alpharetta Development Authority first has to give its approval of the bond issue, but the council has to approve it before the money is raised. The Development Authority meets at 8:30 a.m. today at City Hall, with Gwinnett Tech Inventive Resolution on its agenda. City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. today, with the bond resolutin on its agenda. Alpharetta made a commitment to Gwinnett Tech to attract the college to the city. Other North Fulton locations were considered, but ultimately the state Building Authority and the Technical College System of Georgia approved of a site on …
Monday, April 22, 2013
After many years and several different plans, the city broke ground on its project to build a new City Hall, add a park and all the infrastructure necessary to support the site.
Alpharetta's City Center finally is beginning to seem like it will become a reality with the groundbreaking held on the old section of Haynes Bridge Road that will be the site of the new City Hall. Demolition of structures around the existing City Hall will begin later this week. Georgia Power and Atlanta Gas Light crews could be seen on site today, readying the property for the demolition. Alpharetta expects to cut the ribbon on the new City Hall and other public components of the $31 million City Center project in August 2014: Later this year a new 25,000 square foot Alpharetta Public Library will open on 3 acres of land the city donated to Fulton County for that project. Former City Clerk Sue Rainwater explained that Alpharetta had a …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The tradeoff between quality of life and traffic flow will have to be made in whatever plan for Main Street the City Council sends to the Ga. Department of Transportation later this month.
Alpharetta has just a few more weeks to decide on what it is going to tell the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) it wants done with the city's Main Street. On Monday night consultants told City Council what residents say they want the streetscape to be. Main Street is a state highway, GA 9, giving GDOT control. The city was given 90 days to prepare its vision for the roadway. That 90 days is up on April 24. Community Development Director Richard McLeod said Envision Main Street Alpharetta had nearly 600 comments and participants. "This was I think a remarkable turnout," he said. Tom Walsh, one of the consultants with TSW, said in the 38 years he's been working on projects such as this, he hasn't seen this kind of turnout in such …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The City Council will be asked to approve an $842,000 bid for milling and resurfacing of city streets during their meeting Monday night at City Hall.
Alpharetta City Council will be asked Monday night to approve a bid of almost $842,000 to improve 21 sections of city streets. The city received bids ranging from $842,981 to $1,057,901. C.W. Matthews Contracting, the apparent low bidder, has completed several projects in the city including: The City Council will meet at City Hall on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. Earlier in this fiscal year, Alpharetta awarded and completed a contract for the milling and resurfacing of 24 locations City-wide which had received a rating of 35 or less out of a possible 100 during the previous fiscal year. This round of additional milling and resurfacing will address an additional 21 locations which received a rating of 36 to 41. These locations include: • …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The requests to rezoning two Broadwell Road tracts for low density residential are scheduled to be heard during City Council's meeting tonight.
Alpharetta City Council will consider two residential rezoning requests to allow for-sale single family homes on two Broadwell Road properties. Both zoning hearing are scheduled for tonight's meeting, which begins at 7:30 at City Hall. The first request will be to rezone approximately 8 acres from agricultural to R-15 to allow homes on lots with a minimum size of 15,000 square feet. The property is on the west side of Broadwell Road. Brooks Chadwell Capital wants to develop 15 homes on the property, keeing the existing Dodd residence. This property is just north of the Beragio development. The second request is to rezone an 11.5-acre tract to R-15 from agricultural. Ashton Woods would build 19 homes on the property. Crabapple Chase …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
After a few homeowners rejected a third site plan for a Rucker Road subidivsion since the Planning Commission heard the rezoning request, council members picked a plan that didn't move a road quite so much.
No one was likely to be completely happy about the final decision by Alpharetta City Council over a proposed subdivision, but both the developer and neighbors of the development walked away with something they wanted. The result was approval of a 20-home subdivision with lots sizes of at least 15,000 square feet (R-15 zoning), with improvements to Rucker Road in front of the subdivision adding left turn lanes. An increased landscape buffer to separate the new and existing subdivisions was a part of the compromise reached after City Councili tabled the zoning decision on Feb. 25. For the residents of Spring Place and Crabapple Chase subdivisions, increasing a landscape buffer around the Cromen-Ferguson property on Rucker Road to 20 feet …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The subdivision proposed for the Cromen-Ferguson property on Rucker Road underwent more changes after City Council tabled its decision on rezoning the land.
Some Alpharetta residents and a developer appear to have worked out some of their differences about a 20-home subdivision proposed along Rucker Road. Tonight we'll learn whether City Council believes the compromise makes rezoning the 13-acre property the right decision. David Hole, representing the development company he and his father own, had presented a plan on Feb. 25 to build 20 homes on the 13 acres of the Cromen Ferguson property on Rucker Road. That was a reduction of the original 37-home subdivision proposal, and even the 30-home plan the Alpharetta Planning Commission recommended be denied for zoning. When City Council tabled the rezoning application on Feb.25 to give Hole and Butler to work something out, Councilman Mike Kennedy…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The mayor and council will hold a special workshop meeting in an office building on Sanctuary Parkway to discuss the project.
The downtown City Center project once again will have Alpharetta City Council meeting away from City Hall on Monday, March 11. It's a public meeting, so anyone is welcome. City Council will meet at 1125 Sanctuary Parkway, Room 101, at 12:30 p.m. Since it's a workshop, the public won't necessarily have a chance to speak. However, a City Center update will be held during the regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Mayor David Belle Isle allows and invites public comment after those updates. For the afternoon workshop, discussion will include security recommendations, pedestrian lights, the library pond and a review of Main Street from Academy Street to Marietta Street.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
An application by Rejuvenate Spa to open a business on South Main Street that would offer massage therapy was voted down by City Council.
Alpharetta City Council rejected an Alpharetta woman's request to open a spa service offering massage therapy in the same downtown retail center as a nail salon that has zoning to allow the same service. The city's Unified Development Code requires spa services to be located in retail centers and at least 2,000 feet apart. Mayor David Belle Isle made the motion to reject the conditional use permit necessary to allow Rejuvenate Spa to open in the retail center at 131 South Main Street. He said the city's ordinance on spa services were in palce for good reason, and the city would be examining this type of business in its Unified Development Code. V-Nail Salon does not offer massage therapy now but it has the necessary zoning approval. …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Legislation making its way through the Georgia General Assembly would limit some zoning controls cities have on cell tower construction and restrict municipal broadband Internet service.
Alpharetta City Council approved two resolutions Monday night that tell the state legislature to keep out of local government's business. The local elected officials want the General Assembly to drop one House bill that removes some zoning controls over cell tower installations, and another House bill that restricts a city's ability to provide municipal broadband Internet service. Councilman Chris Owens said he had several issues with House Bill 176, which deals with cell towers. The first issue he had was that the legislation was proposed by a retired communications executive who is now a consultant for the industry. The bill also appears to repeat or confuse regulations already set by the FCC, Owens said. "I'm also not in favor of …