Alpharetta - Milton Edition - July 2020

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QUOTEOFNOTE “ASWE ALL KNOW, THE MILTONRESIDENTS LOVE THEIR TRAIL NETWORK.” PARAGAGRAWAL,MILTONCOMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTDIRECTOR primary and nonpartisan elections will be on the runoff election ballot in August, including Fulton County sheriff and Fulton County district attorney. The runoffs will settle which candidate will represent their respective political party on the November ballot. AUG. 11 DATE TOKNOW Several races from the June 9 CITY HIGHLIGHTS ALPHARETTA City Council members approved a variance at the June 15 meeting to allow 48 townhome units to be constructed on 3.27 acres between Old Milton Parkway and Thompson Street near the post office on Old Milton. The property was previously allowed 42 townhome units, and the new variance also allows some of the townhomes to be front-loaded, meaning the garage is located in the front of the townhome. ALPHARETTA Council members approved an amendment to Chapter 3 of the city code—the chapter about alcoholic beverages—at the June 22 meeting to allow licensing for distilleries within the city. Previously, distilleries could not open in city limits. MILTON After passing a revamped alcoholic beverage laws in June, council discussed an amendment to the alcoholic beverage laws at the July 6 meeting, which would permit Milton farm wineries to allow the retail sale and consumption of wine produced outside of Georgia. Currently, only wines produced in Georgia are allowed. Alpharetta City Council Meets July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta 678-297-6000 www.alpharetta.ga.us Milton City Council Meets Aug. 3 and 17 at 6 p.m. at 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton 678-242-2500 MEETINGSWE COVER

Trails plan prioritizesmore pedestrian-friendly city

BY KARA MCINTYRE

... at that point, very low money, very low priority,” committee Chair Brian Maloney said during the meet- ing. “This is a high priority now.” For phasing in the trail plan gradually, four funding tiers were created for each priority area: Tier I for within two years of plan, Tier II for between two and five years of plan, Tier III for between five and 10 years of plan, and Tier IV for aspirational projects after 10 years or when funding is available.

trail planning activities of Milton.” The plan prioritizes walking, hiking, biking and horse riding trails in the following areas in Milton: Crabapple, Deerfield, Birmingham Park, Preserve at Cooper Sandy and the Preserve at Lackey Road. Funding for these trails is planned to come from city, state and federal funds, and grant programs. About 1.8 miles of off-street trails, 5.3 miles of side paths, 6.6 miles of sidewalks and 11 crossing treatments are recommended in the plan to encourage a pedestrian environ- ment in Milton, Agrawal said. The plan also recommends 4.2 miles of decomposed granite trails, 9.5 miles of native soil trails and 97 parking spaces to be added within the city’s 2016 green space bond fund prop- erties—which include the Preserve at Cooper Sandy and the Preserve at Lackey Road—and Birmingham Park. “Years ago, [the trails committee] was rolled into the parks and rec committee under a different adviser

Backyard chickens allowed inAlpharetta residents love their trail network,” Agrawal said during the meeting. “The 2020 trail master plan puts the focus on community participation and community involvement into the MILTON Council members at their July 6 meeting discussed the Milton Trail Prioritization Plan, a project that has been in the planning stages for about a year, to help find more trails and pedestrian-friendly areas in Milton. The city established the Milton Trails Advisory Committee to help with the trails plan, and the com- mittee sought public input, presented briefings to council multiple times and administered a survey to residents with over 1,000 respondents, Com- munity Development Director Parag Agrawal said during the meeting. According to the 2019 Compre- hensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan, around 85% of the residents used walking, biking and hiking trails in the previous year, Agrawal said. “As we all know, the Milton

PLAN PRIORITIES

Milton’s trail plan prioritizes several areas of the city.

• Crabapple area • Deerfield area • BirminghamPark

• Preserve at Cooper Sandy • Preserve at Lackey Road SOURCE: CITY OF MILTON/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Council discusses creatingNorthPoint opportunity zone

BY KARA MCINTYRE

ALPHARETTA Residents of the city of Alpharetta can now raise up to six chickens in their backyard, per a vote from Alpharetta City Council members June 22. Council unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s unified development code at the June 22 meeting, allowing for a maximum of six chickens on a minimum 1-acre lot. Previously, the UDC only allowed chickens on land zoned in the agricultural zoning district. With the approved changes, chickens are now allowed in some residential areas, much like the neighboring cities of Roswell, Milton, Johns Creek and Marietta. The change came about due to several requests over the years to change the code. Roosters are still not allowed, and any additional structures for the chickens—such as chicken coops—must maintain a minimum of a 25-foot setback from rear and side property lines.

BY KARA MCINTYRE

ALPHARETTA Economic Development Manager Matthew Thomas and Alpharetta City Council members discussed the potential for a tax deferment for the North Point area of the city—an area that city staff and council have prioritized for redevelopment—in the form of applying for the area to be considered an opportunity zone. Created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, opportunity zones are defined as “economically-distressed communities where new invest- ments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment,” according to the Internal Revenue Service. The opportunity zone is a designation that comes from the state, allowing for the high- est tax credit at $3,500 per created job, Thomas said, which creates incentives to bring more people and developments to the area.

“What’s very unique about the opportunity zone is a business of any nature can apply, which includes retail. A lot of that is concentrated in the North Point corridor,” he said during the meeting. To apply, the city must come up with an urban redevelopment plan for the North Point corridor and host a public hearing prior to approving the plan. “There’s not many cities in the state that can create more jobs for those people than the city of Alpharetta if we’re successful in re-envisioning that corridor,” Mayor JimGilvin said during the meeting. “I really think this corridor is critical for North Fulton [County] and the state of Georgia.” The city is planning to redevelop the North Point area. (Rendering courtesy city of Alpharetta)

www.cityofmiltonga.us Fulton County Board of Commissioners

Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 141 Pryor St., Ste. 10, Atlanta. 404-612-4000 www.fultoncountyga.gov

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ALPHARETTA - MILTON EDITION • JULY 2020

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