Reject proposed residential development at 11085 State Bridge Road in Johns Creek, GA.

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We, residents of the city of Johns Creek, request the city to deny a proposal to put in a new 12-home subdivision at 11085 State Bridge Road. The proposal will have a direct and negative impact on the Long Indian Creek neighborhood. The planned development also runs contrary to the city's adopted 2030 comprehensive plan for the Ocee Community of Johns Creek.

We ask that the city protect the area's aesthetics and value by rejecting the plan based on the following concerns:

1) The plan seeks to greatly reduce the city's current minimum of a 40-foot perimeter setback to just 5-feet along the eastern property line. For current homes along Braided Blanket Bluff and Indian Village Drive this would mean having to look out at 3-story residences directly behind their properties. This could have a severe, negative impact on the property values of these lots. 

2) The proposal seeks to allow for 4.16 dwellings per acre. According to the city's own adopted 2030 comprehensive plan for the Ocee Community, "New infill housing developments should be limited to single-family detached units up to three units/acre and three stories in height. This proposal, therefore, violates the city's comprehensive plan. 

3) The request asks the city to reduce the spacing between the new homes from the current minimum of 14 feet to 10 feet. There is no valid reason for the exemption to be granted except to 'jam' in more homes.

4) With additional vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the intersection of Indian Village Drive and State Bridge Road will become even more hazardous. During peak traffic times it is often difficult to exit Indian Village Drive onto State Bridge. This will also likely increase the number of u-turns at this intersection as residents of the new subdivision traveling westbound would have to make a u-turn at the intersection in order to enter the development. Additionally, there are no pedestrian crosswalks or safety measures currently in place for pedestrians to cross State Bridge Road at this intersection.

5) In a 2013 interview with Johns Creek Patch, Mayor Mike Bodker stated "With our current tax base currently weighted so heavily towards residential uses, it is difficult to make long term investments in our city that will not force us to consider raising taxes to fund. I have fought against and continue to fight raising taxes and feel that the best way to avoid that outcome is to focus on economic development with an eye toward bringing more non-residential uses to Johns Creek. Economic development can come in the form of expansion of existing businesses as well as carefully focused effort to attract new businesses that ideally will enhance what is offered to our residents" Rezoning this land from C-1 to R5-A runs directly counter to that argument.

Therefore, we ask that the city deny this proposal and act in the best interests of its residents.

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