Success Now.....Though Victory Not Yet Secured
Johns Creek City Council voted unanimously to DENY two high density rezoning requests along State Bridge Road just west of Johns Creek High School. The unanimous vote was consistent with the recommendations of both City Staff as well as the Planning Commission.
City Council heard two presentations of findings by City Staff along with their recommendations to deny RZ-18-006 and concurrent variance VC-18-006-01, as well as RZ-18-007 and concurrent variance requests VC-18-007-01 and VC-18-007-02.
Legal Counsel for The Providence Group provided the sole presentation in support of each request. The foundation of the presentation was that there was no legal basis for denial, with references to objections that had been previously raised during the Public Participation meeting held on September 13, 2018.
Residents organized a very thorough set of presentations in opposition to the rezoning requests. Each of five points was addressed with detailed reference to the Johns Creek Comprehensive Plan against which the two rezoning requests must be evaluated. Opposition presentations also referenced the Steinberg Act that governs zoning standards in Georgia. The opposition case was accompanied by the presentation of 3,129 petitions signed by Johns Creek residents requesting that the Mayor and City Council vote to deny the rezoning requests.
Upon completion of the Public Hearing for each rezoning case, the decisions were swift, with motions offered immediately by Councilman Bradberry (RZ-18-006) and Councilwoman Endres (RZ-18-007), and unity among the Council who all voted to deny the requests.
With these decisions, the vast majority of our community have seen their desires succeed in this effort. While we can celebrate success, it’s important to note that this does not secure final victory in opposition to these rezoning requests. The developer and property owners associated with these requests may move to mount a legal challenge to the decision rendered by the Johns Creek City Council.
Many thanks go out to the organizers and presenters who spent countless hours in meticulous preparation leading up to the decision reached by our City Council, and to the residents of Johns Creek who spoke to their friends and neighbors in order to mobilize a broadly united front for the good of the community. Together, we can Preserve Johns Creek.