Commission to vote on Gwinnett Village expansion, study bids

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia's largest community improvement district could grow even bigger Tuesday, if commissioners approve the expansion.

According to Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District Director Chuck Warbington, 71 additional property owners have signed up for the district, agreeing to pay an extra tax to help revitalize the community.

That would take the district's tax value to $975 million, a 30 percent increase for the year-old agency, Warbington said.

"We're trying to include everybody," he said.

The move is part of a planned second phase to incorporate industrial areas near Buford Highway and the DeKalb County line into the district, which spans Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Indian Trail Road in the Lilburn and Norcross areas.

Also Tuesday, commissioners will consider adopting studies for the Jimmy Carter and Indian Trail corridors, which the district sponsored through the Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative.

Highlights of the studies include replacing the Jimmy Carter bridge over Interstate 85 and increasing pedestrian access to Indian Trail.

Once governments, including Norcross and Lilburn, have adopted the plan, officials can apply for funds to implement the recommendation, Warbington said.

In a third vote, commissioners can accept money from Gwinnett Village to furnish and renovate a new home for the county's quality-of-life unit.

The 38-member unit of police and code enforcement officers is tasked with enforcing property maintenance laws such as mowing lawns and painting over graffiti.

Thanks to the commitment of area businesses, the unit will be housed at 5555 Oakbrook Parkway.