Sandy Springs was a quiet suburb of Atlanta with single-family homes on large lots with a few commercial strip centers along Roswell Road until not-so-long ago. With ten years city status, Sandy Springs is not in the midst of a huge development stage, and anticipating enormous growth in the next decade. The city has presented “The Next Ten” plan, highlighting its commitment to smart, dense growth and the preservation of its residential neighborhoods. The comprehensive plan is absolutely ambitious with street designs, transit, greenway initiatives, and mixed-use areas. Citizens are invited to give input through February 28.
As the city has moved from strictly suburban to increasingly urban, concerns have been expressed about the possible loss of the quiet residential character of its surroundings. The plan hopes to calm those fears and show dense development will be concentrated in a few select districts. The Perimeter Center areas is shared with neighboring Dunwoody and will be the most dense node. In contrast, the Roswell Road corridor, stretching from Atlanta to Roswell, will be transformed into a beautiful boulevard. The Next Ten plan proposes to preserve large areas of single-family residential neighborhoods throughout the city.
Greenways and transit links are planned to unite the distinct urban and residential areas. The entire plan is largely dependent on the growth of transit and the city’s three MARTA stations. A monorail system has been suggested as one of the options to be explored.