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The Intricate Components of Our City

Citizen & Business Communication WHO? WHAT THEY DO IMPACT
       
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Mayor and Council
5 council members + mayor,
each with 2 year terms

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Monday
                 City Hall
Establish policy and are protocol makers

Guide city staff/ projects

Adopt the annual budget
Answer directly to the citizens.
 
 
 
 
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 City Manager
Hired

Non-elected liaison between council and staff.
 Runs the day-to-day operations of the City
          
Manages within all local ordinances, policies and laws.
Direct source of contact.

Performs "triage"
 
 
 
 
 City Staff Hired

Upper management executes policy
Policies and details are implemented. Licensing, permits, Code Enforcement, Community Development, Parks and Recreation, etc.
       
       
Long-term Planning  WHAT IS IT? EXAMPLE IMPACT
       
Comprehensive Plan 2034  Gives cities a "development guide"

A "20 YEAR PLAN" begins the process then is updated every 10 years, or as needed. The Norcross Plan was last updated after a recent annexation.

Comprehensive Plans are guided by extensive public outreach. That effort includes press releases, an online survey, public workshops, open houses, steering committee meetings and one-on-one interviews with local leaders.        

Future building plans will all have a Comprehensive Plan basis- e.g. Lillian Webb Park. Implementation of all plans undertaken within the last few years.

The Comprehensive Plan process is open to all citizens.                                   
       
       
Other Studies/Plans WHAT ARE THEY? EXAMPLE USE
       
LCI-Livable Centers Initiative Study A "community vision" for revitalizing and redevelopment of our downtown. City & State leaders, citizens and businesses are all art of the "team". 1. Skin Alley recently redeveloped

2. Buford Highway project is about to begin

3. New street scapes at Thrasher and S. Peachtree
 
Development of a more dynamic community center.
 
 
 
 
Stephen Fuller Plan A "concept" presented just a few years ago as a Lillian Webb Park building possibility.  N/A N/A
 
 
 
 
ULI Study- Urban Land Institute ULI studies bring together leaders from across the fields of real estate and land use policy to exchange "best practices" and serve community needs. N/A City has new "Best Practices"

Provides:
     - Data
     - Analysis
     -Recommendations
Buford Highway Median Project      
       
One Funding Source  WHAT IS THIS? EXAMPLE USE
       
TAD-Tax Allocation District  1. An innovative way to pay off bonds WITHOUT a tax increase to the citizens.

2. Building within a TAD area will substantially increase the value of existing property. The "increased" and agreed amount of taxes collected from the City, County & School Board is essentially given back to us to help finance parking decks, storm water detention and other needed infrastructure improvements.
The TAD can pay for new storm water, new parking deck(s.) Future taxes of the "District" can pay for project infrastructure, storm water, etc.--not Norcross citizens/taxpayers.
       
 Planning WHAT IS THIS? EXAMPLE USE
       
Norcross Pedestrian Connectivity This project will place 5 to 10 foot wide sidewalks with curb & gutter drainage, pedestrian traffic, signalization, bicycle parking, and handicap tamps, throughout the city. Streetscapes, sidewalks, paths- Wingo & Born streets. Streetscape improvements will be at 5 different locations throughout Norcross.
 
 
 
 
Beaver Ruin Creek Greenway Master Plan This trail will run along an existing Georgia Power easement. An additional element will be storm water related. Bike trails, activity areas, shelters, etc. Beautification of the Beaver Ruin Road area.
       
 Website (NorcrossGA.net) WHAT DOES THE SITE CONTAIN? WHAT DOES THE PAGE CONTAIN?  
       
 Main Page ORANGE BUTTONS MAIN SITE & OTHER PAGES KNOW YOUR CITY GOVERNMENT> FIND OUT ABOUT:
   1. Online Payments:
     traffic tickets, utility bills

2. Notify Me:
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3. Citizen Request:
     Report vandalism, potholes & other community concerns

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