In the first two terms of the Sandy Springs City Council, the council has very successfully assured our necessities of life: fire, police and EMS protection. It has not been as successful at assuring the quality of life we sought when we voted to form our city.
The mayor and council need to establish eco-friendly, fiscally viable zoning and use ordinances that are clear and consistently implemented. Our mayor and council frequently votes contrary to its own ordinances (building height maximums, project density and parking specifications) and land use plan. Our stream, tree, irrigation and stormwater ordinances do not effectively protect our residential properties, roads and infrastructures or enhance our stormwater system, and many are not consistent with state of the art operating procedures.
Developers can save money and present more readily accepted projects if they know they can only submit ones which fit the city’s zoning, tree ordinances, watershed protection ordinances land use plan. The mayor and council consistency is key here.
With the developers being held responsible for proper irrigation, stormwater protection and landscaping, financial obligations to the city are diminished. Currently the city often picks up the tab as incentives to developers.
Life would be easier for citizens if there were clear, comprehendible, consistently enforced zoning, stream buffer and environmental ordinances. That is not occurring now.
This election must be about quality of life if we are to attain that which we sought when we voted to become a city.