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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Crabapple Crossroads Plan Meeting Update

Many Thanks to the Birmingham / Hopewell Alliance For Sharing this information. Check them out on the web at www.bhallaince.org.

Developers Challenge Plan - Requesting More Density

Follow-up Meeting on Monday, December 3rd at 7PM
Alpharetta Crabapple Government Center

On Tuesday, November 19th citizens and developers gathered for the first of three meetings sponsored by the City of Milton Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee to discuss issues related to the Crabapple Crossroads Community Plan -- which is going to determine the future of Crabapple Crossing. The Milton Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee(CPAC) has been charged with overseeing the planning process for the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, by developing priorities that incorporate the values of the majority of the residency. The Milton Mayor and City Council has viewed the Comprehensive Plan process as one of the most important goals in the list of priorities for Milton. The process involves Steering committee meetings, community input forums, review by the Atlanta Regional Commission as well as a citizen survey being sent out in January. The entire process for the City of Miltonis expected to be complete in 12-18 months. Milton City Council committed earlier this year to review the current plan to evaluate ways to improve traffic congestion in the Crabapple Area. The traffic concerns become a secondary issue when the Crabapple Crossroads Plan was questioned by developers requesting more density than the approved Neighborhood Node allows. The approved Neighborhood Node allows for 100,000 square feet of commercial/retail, 100,000 square feet of office and 5 units per acre of residential, these square footages have been met to date by the existing and soon to be developed properties. This is your chance to be heard and to have a voice in the transportation plan for the the future of the Crabapple Crossroads. We urge anyone with an interest in the future of Crabapple Crossroads to attend.A brief history of the Crabapple Crossroads PlanThe Crabapple Crossroads plan is available from the following link, Crabapple Crossroads of the Northwest Fulton Overlay District (refer to Page 40 for the Crabapple section.)In March 2004, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved an amendment to the County's zoning resolution to create the Crabapple Crossroads Overlay, with a Neighborhood Node designation within the Northwest Fulton Overlay District. It designated approximately 511 acres containing the historic mixed-use center of Crabapple and the land surrounding it, and established policy for the Crabapple Crossroads Overlay area. Neighborhood Node designation limits retail/commercial to 100,000 square feet and office to 100,000 square feet.The Fulton Board of Commissioners adopted the Crabapple Crossroads Plan of June 4, 2003, as the policy for regulating development that would be consistent with Crabapple's historic and rural village character. The Plan would, for example, preserve 20 percent of the area as open space and create an interconnected transportation network to create a pedestrian-friendly core with surrounding residential uses. The current development was approved by Fulton County using the Neighborhood Node policy. The City of Milton continues the approved Neighborhood Node limits, and has denied a rezoning request in Crabapple on that basis. July 12, 2007 City Council Meeting.

Upcoming City of Milton Meetings

Monday, December 3rd- Crabapple Crossroads Plan Meeting
- 7PM, at the Crabapple Alpharetta Government Center,
agenda

Monday, December 3rd- Town Hall Meeting-Year in Review
7PM, Milton City Hall
Tuesday, December 4th- Design Review Board 6PM, Milton City Hall,
agenda

Wednesday, December 5th- Board of Ethics Meeting,
6PM, Milton City Hall,
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Thursday, December 6th- City Council Meeting,
7PM, Milton City Hall

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