JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek City Council spent much of its June 11 business session focusing on the aesthetic details of the downtown area proposed for the Tech Park area on Medlock Bridge Road.
Their comprehensive 10-year plan was launched last fall and calls for a “vibrant” mix of residences, retail and entertainment – including green spaces – on some 192 acres around the government complex of the city.
During the working session, board members reviewed an updated plan of their intentions for the center.
Mayor John Bradberry said their goal is to be able to provide the best downtown that serves as the focal point of the city.
“I am committed to having the best downtown that is scaled, unique and vibrant,” Bradberry said. “Johns Creek will see this downtown rise from the ground during my tenure.”
Community development officer Ben Song said the property just behind City Hall – known as Creek Side Park – is under development and is part of the downtown plan. It will include a gazebo and other public sites.
“We codify these different design elements as a precursor to downtown,” Song said.
The new code will be presented on August 9 to the planning commission, then returned to the city council by August 29.
In other business at Monday’s meeting, board members discussed plans to raise salaries for law enforcement employees for fiscal year 2023, which begins in October. Nearby towns like Roswell and Alpharetta have already implemented a pay raise for police personnel. The city of Alpharetta approved a 10% wage increase last fall.
And on Monday, Dunwoody City Council unanimously approved a 6% pay rise for all police officers, detectives, sergeants and lieutenants. These increases are in addition to the 3% citywide adjustments at the start of 2022. All other city staff will receive a 4% increase.
Bradberry said with fierce competition for qualified law enforcement personnel, Johns Creek must continue to compete for the best officers. City officials have yet to determine a revised pay scale for police in the upcoming budget.