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Alpharetta to reword joint Hwy. 9 LCI resolution with Milton
by Rachel Kellogg
rkellogg@neighbornewspapers.com
June 13, 2012 11:17 AM | 1306 views | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The cities of Milton and Alpharetta have teamed up on a joint Livable Centers Initiative application for Highway 9, but Alpharetta will not approve the resolution laying out Milton’s plans for the area.

Alpharetta City Council members are concerned that some language in the plan will create a conflict with the city’s comprehensive land use plan, and city attorney Sam Thomas said, at Monday’s workshop meeting, Alpharetta’s best bet is to submit its own resolution with “limiting” language.

Community development director Diana Wheeler agreed, saying, “We can include language that says we’ll adopt this into our comprehensive plan to the extent that it doesn’t conflict with our interests.”

Run by design firm Urban Collage, Milton hosted a series of four public input sessions leading up to the city’s adoption of a plan to submit to the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Because 29 percent of the land area within the study is located in the city of Alpharetta, Alpharettans were encouraged to participate in the input sessions as well.

In addition to the public input sessions, the process has included stakeholder interviews, a survey of approximately 500 area residents and employees and four meetings of a core team of community leaders and property owners.

But council members, including Jim Gilvin, said they are concerned that approving the resolution the way its written now will mean the city is agreeing to concepts it isn’t on board with.

“It covers two cities, and there are times when our interests don’t necessarily follow the same plans,” he said.

One issue Gilvin said he is not in favor of is the plan’s intention of increasing residential density in areas of Milton that are in the Alpharetta High School district.

“I don’t see how [high residential density] is a good idea in our school districts,” he said.

Gilvin and other councilmen also took issue with the plan’s mention of adding tolls to Ga. 400 and building a MARTA rail at Windward.

But Wheeler warned against not approving the plan at all.

“If we didn’t approve it at all, there would be no funding that either Milton or Alpharetta could apply for,” she said. She also said the adopted plan is “supposed to be a relationship” between the two cities and the regional commission probably does not want two completely different plans.

The plan first came before the city of Alpharetta May 29, where council members decided not to vote on it and to instead bring it back as a work shop item.

During Monday’s workshop meeting, council members voted to table the resolution to appear again again at another workshop meeting where changes and new language will be presented.
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Michael Hadden
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June 16, 2012
There are some in Alpharetta that can only imagine the world in their own myopic terms. It's a shame that a good plan is being held hostage to the narrow minded ideology of Sprawl is the best and only way.

The concern with school pressure is more of a transience problem. If Alpharetta was capable of building higher density places where people actually want to stay (walkable locations where people can function without cars) rather than the run of the mill apartment complexes that dot the Alpharettan lanscape, they would find that people would be less transient and thus have a lower impact on their school system.
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