Brookhaven, GA, February 16, 2017 – by Anna Williams for The Post – The City of Brookhaven’s Public Works Department is pressing forward with tweaking concepts for the Ashford Dunwoody Corridor in order to present Councilmembers with a new concept draft. That draft is expected to be in front of Council during a March 14th City Council Work Session.
Public Works Director Richard Meehan said Wednesday, the first opportunity the public will have to review the new concept will be once it is released in a couple of weeks to Council. He said there won’t be a formal public hearing on the new concept, but City Manager Christian Sigman said there will be opportunities for the public to weigh in.
As part of an enhanced communications effort, Sigman said the City will have “listening sessions” over several dates and times where the public can come to City hall and learn about the plan and ask questions. “There will be plenty of opportunities to weigh in and it won’t be just limited to meeting nights,” Sigman added.
Councilwoman Linley Jones, who represents most of the Ashford Dunwoody Corridor Study area, said she appreciates the fact the effort is not moving any faster than it is. “We have a major neighborhood group that requested more time with this and now they will have that time,” she said. “And we also have a major shopping center owner who was not aware of this and has requested more time.”
Meehan said once the draft concept finalized, it will be presented to Council for approval.
Last November, initial concept plans were shared during an open house. Each segment of the study was set up on boards and easels throughout Council Chambers. Some of the recommendations were met with support and others were met with concern. The largest amount of concern was with the short and long-term vision of the intersection of Johnson Ferry Rd. and Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Business owners there said the initial plan would cut off patron access and have an adverse effect.
On other parts of Ashford Dunwoody Rd, closer to Montgomery Elementary School, residents there expressed concern a proposed multi-use path in the City’s right-of-way would impact their front yards, but agreed safety improvements around the school are needed.
Other residents agreed with the plans stating the daily gridlock must be addressed and if there is ever going to be improvement, something must be done sooner than later, although everyone may not like it.
Moving forward, the City is preparing a revised plan. Once the final plan is adopted, the City will go through a process of prioritizing the proposed projects and figure out how to fund them. Each individual project will go through a design phase, conversely, the City says.
Back in 2015, Brookhaven City Council Members awarded Gresham, Smith and Partners a $125,000 contract to study and develop a comprehensive vision for the Ashford Dunwoody Road corridor. With Ashford Dunwoody Road being the principal north-south route into Brookhaven, the intention of this Corridor Study is to develop a future vision that will improve the current and projected future traffic, as well as provide accommodations for bicycles, pedestrian, and transit.