Lilburn's amendment to Comprehensive Plan approved

LILBURN — The Georgia Department of Community Affairs recently approved the city of Lilburn’s amendment to its 2030 Comprehensive Plan, including work on the U.S. Highway 29 Boulevard of Opportunity Corridor Study.

A resolution for the amendment was passed by the City Council Monday night.

The original Comprehensive Plan was adopted in February 2009 by the Council. The amendment, reviewed by the Atlanta Regional Commission, reflects DCA’s public input requirements to the Short Term Work Program.

“With this approval, we maintain our qualifying local government status,” Doug Stacks, director of planning and economic development, told the panel.

A number of future projects are in the program, including establishing a Town Center network of on-road bicycle routes ($575,000); sidewalk and streetscaping improvements in Town Center and Old Town District ($1.7 million); developing gateways and directional signage for Town Center ($50,000); increasing code enforcement and maintenance for commercial and residential areas ($100,000); and encouraging volunteer activity toward the beautification and greening of neighborhoods.

Also OK’d was a Main Street Corridor Realignment project, which includes utility relocation agreements with Georgia Power Company in the amount of $131,840, which includes construction of two round-a-bouts and relocation of above-ground utilities.

The Main Street Water Main Betterment Project’s Intergovernmental Agreement with Gwinnett County was adopted by the Council to allow the water line system to be upgraded by enlarging the existing 8-inch pipe to a 12-inch iron water main as par t of the realignment project.

The county has agreed to pay the city $38,235 for the direct upsizing costs of the water main.

Bids for the utility and water projects will be let soon, and the work should begin by February, according to City Manager Bill Johnsa, The construction will be a prelude to the work on the proposed Gwinnett County Library/City Hall project in about a year.

The Lilburn City Council also granted Hugh Wilkerson of 98 Main Street a building permit allowing for construction of support posts on the sidewalk along the city’s right-of-way at 93 Main Street.

Mayor Johnny Crist read a letter from the occupants of the Cofer Building on Main Street, stating their thanks to the artists, the Lilburn Arts Alliance, and the city government for their part in making the tunnel mural on the side of their building possible.