Georgia’s Johns Creek City Council is considering strengthening storm water regulations.
Johns Creek City Council is taking strides to reduce storm water runoff.
At the beginning of 2020, the city’s Community Development Department presented a plan to bring the city’s land development ordinances in line with the 2018 comprehensive plan.
The plan identifies eight different areas, which include; Autrey Mill; Johns Creek North; Medlock; Newtown; Ocee; River Estates; Shakerag; and Tech Park. The plan will guide and prioritize current and future projects within each of these areas.
"Adoption of the Johns Creek 2018 Comprehensive Plan is a major achievement and represents the consensus of community stakeholders, property owners and elected officials for development of Johns Creek over the next 10 years," said Community Development Director Sharon Ebert.
Storm water runoff and its impact on erosion and pollution are the top issues, according to the Johns Creek Herald. Some Johns Creek residents, particularly along the Medlock Bridge corridor, are seeing the impact in their backyards with flooding during heavy rain, as well as erosion.
The city is in the process of examining all storm water infrastructure within its borders, reported the Johns Creek Herald. If the land development ordinance amendments are approved, it would be the responsibility of developers to mitigate the negative impacts of storm water.
The amendments would change the way city staff measures and regulates a development’s impact on stormwater runoff. There is also a possibility that the timeline for issuing permits to ensure erosion and sediment controls are installed before land disturbance will be changed, according to the Johns Creek Herald.
The inclusion of tree protections will be postponed until a full-scale review of the city’s tree preservation policy has been conducted.