Brookhaven, GA, March 8, 2017 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven City Councilmembers will discuss an updated Ashford Dunwoody Corridor Study draft during their March 14th City Council Work Session Meeting, and also during their Regular Council Meeting. According to the City, the point of going over the current drafts during these meetings is to receive a status update and to inform the public.
The City stresses they will not be voting on these draft plans during these meetings, as the “specific design recommendations based upon guidelines outlined in the study could not be recommended or approved without additional public input and funding.”
“This is the first phase of what will be integrated into the 20-year comprehensive plan for Brookhaven, providing the framework for responsible smart growth and traffic efficiency in this area,” said Brookhaven City Manager Christian Sigman in a posting on the City’s website. “The public input over the past several months has been vital toward developing that consensus and ensuring that we have the best models possible.”
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.
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.
The March 14th City Council Work Session will take place at 3:30PM and the Regular Council Meeting will take place at 7:00 PM. Both will be held at City Hall located at 4362 Peachtree Rd.
The current 134 page Visioning Report is below. (Source: COB)