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Alpharetta approves Hwy. 9 livable centers initiative
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June 20, 2012 11:04 AM | 886 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Alpharetta has approved the adoption of the Highway 9/Ga. 400 Livable Centers Initiative plan, through a joint application with the city of Milton.

Alpharetta was set to adopt the resolution May 29 but tabled it and met last week to discuss making changes.

City Council members were concerned that some language in the plan compiled in Milton would create a conflict with the city’s comprehensive land use plan, and agreed it would be best to submit their own resolution with “limiting” language.

But at Monday’s council meeting, council members approved a rewritten plan that says they authorize the LCI study plan’s incorporation into the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan “to the extent that nothing within this adopted LCI Plan modifies or conflicts with any portion of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan or supports any LCI Plan components.”

Some of of the items listed in the resolution that Alpharetta council members hope to avoid are burdening schools “as a result of higher density residential development,” straining

the roadway system “as a result of development density transfers,” affecting property values or zoning regulations “through the use of form-based codes or other

means,” authorizing the tolling of existing lanes on Ga. 400 and establishing a “policy

regarding the desirability of a MARTA Transit Station in the Windward area.”

Run by design firm Urban Collage, Milton hosted a series of four public input sessions leading up to the city’s adoption of the plan, which will be submitted 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 of creating the plan 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.
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