Town Hall Discussions - Road Widening in Johns Creek
Johns Creek City Council held a Town Hall Meeting to discuss topics of interest in the community.
Residents Amy Little and Tom Corrigan stated their concerns with potential road widenings. The conversations that followed have been consolidated in our video so you can get to the key points.
Councilman Bradberry provided an education on how the T-SPLOST referendum was engineered and sold with Fulton County. A key point to understand is that the referendum was drafted in such a way that the Fulton County Commission would have required a super majority to defeat it at that level. When presented to the voters, residents were informed that as a result of an IGA (Inter-Governmental Agreement) between the participating cities, that the tax would still be imposed, but that no benefits would be allocated to those cities that did not vote to support it. The subsequent marketing campaigns highlights vague benefits, and a lack of specificity of how those benefits would be delivered. Once passed, specific suddenly became available in the form of prioritized projects - including road widening through our residential communities.
Councilman Broadbent recounted the local community opposition to road widening voiced in Town Hall Meetings held last Fall. He noted that residents in the immediate areas made it abundantly clear that they were not supportive of proposals to widen roads, and in the process negatively impact our premier residential character. Specifically related to the widening of Medlock Bridge Road/141, he confirmed that Peachtree Corners has no plans to widen 141 through their city, so widening that road through our community would simply push the bottleneck down the road. The impact of that would be to stack-up a greater volume of traffic through Johns Creek.
Councilman Zaprowski stated that he believes there is support to consider our options, including road widening.
Under the circumstances of vague details presented before the vote, assurances that proposals were NOT final decisions, and that elected representatives would have the opportunity to review and approve any final decisions, we should be insisting on true transparency in this process. Johns Creek's Public Works Department may want to represent that decisions have already been made, but that in inconsistent with assurances the residents have been given. Any decisions should be made by our elected City Council representatives - they are the ones responsible to the residents and voters.
Stayed tuned on this topic. The decisions to be made will have an enduring impact on the character and quality of life for our community.