Published on September 29th, 2015 |3
Peachtree Rd. public meeting on GDOT’s proposal set for Oct. 29
information meeting Oct. 29, from 5-7 p.m. The open house will take place in the Calloway Auditorium at the Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road in south Buckhead.
The announcement came in a somewhat unorthodox manner as a footnote to two columns on the editorial page of the Tuesday, Sept. 29, edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The columns were written by Buckhead Community Improvement District Executive Director Jim Durrett and Georgia Department of Transportation State Traffic Engineer Andrew Heath.
There apparently had been no prior official notice of the actual date, time and place for the meeting publicized or distributed by either the Buckhead CID or GDOT.
Heath said in his column: “We will provide the opportunity to meet with the engineers who have spent long hours studying the corridor, see how the project was developed and formally provide comment.”
Heath went on to write: “We welcome all who are interested to come with open minds to discuss the facts driving the planning on Peachtree Road and how we can be successful in our number one goal of creating a safer environment on Peachtree Road.”
Heath added, “We hope to see residents and users of the corridor as this will be a forum to share your concerns, provide feedback and answers to additional questions.”
In his column, entitled “A Peachtree plan for all the people,” Durrett wrote, “I like what is being proposed, but you shouldn’t rely on this opinion or any of the others. You should come listen to
the whole story—the who, what, why, when, where and how—from those who have been working on this for the past two years.”
Both Durrett and Heath were critical of published news reports regarding the details of the Peachtree Road transformation plan. Heath wrote in the first paragraph of his column: “Much of the coverage and discussion lately surrounding the Peachtree Road project has been misguided and misinformed.”
Finally, those in the public who have complained about not being able to find a copy of the GDOT proposal online at the GDOT or Buckhead CID websites, will have an opportunity to review the plan at the open house, 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Calloway Auditorium at the Shepherd Center.
During the monthly meeting of the Buckhead Community Improvement District board Tuesday, Sept. 29, Durrett pointed out that GDOT is creating storyboards to explain the entire process they have gone through to come up with the present proposal for Peachtree Road. He said that is a big step from GDOT’s usual practice of rolling out a long map on a table that shows the route and then asking “Are there any questions?”.
Durrett said the GDOT staff at the open house will guide those attending through the stations step-by-step to ensure they get the whole story. The BCID also will have an information station at the public meeting to explain the part it has played in the planning process over the past few years.
Meanwhile, GDOT’s Heath has been announced as the principle speaker at the Thursday, Oct. 1, meeting of the Buckhead Condo Alliance, which will be held at 7 p.m. at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Room C208 of the Education Building, 3180 Peachtree Road.
Heath is to talk about the Peachtree Road Transformation Project from Shadowlawn south to I-85, according to BCA president Ben Howard, “in an effort to keep BCA members informed about this important project.”
In particular, Heath is expected to cover: what the project is (and is not), why this is being done now and what the objectives are, what process GDOT has used to get to the recommendations, what options have been considered and why, and details about public meetings.