2040 Unified Plan Public Meetings Scheduled

2040 Unified Plan Public Meetings ScheduledThe 2040 Unified Plan for Gwinnett County is underway. The project is an “every 10 years” comprehensive plan for the county which is required by the GA Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Pond Co., the consulting team, will be leading this effort with assistance from the county’s Long Range Planning staff.

Help our county leaders understand your vision for the future of Gwinnett County at our upcoming Community Open Houses (5:00 PM – 7:00 PM):

January 25th – Five Forks Library, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville

January 29th – Dacula Library, 265 Dacula Road, Dacula

February 1st – Lilburn Activity Building, 788 Hillcrest Road, Lilburn

February 12th – OneStop Centerville, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville

February 22nd – Bogan Park, 2723 Bogan Road, Buford

To learn more about the plan, go to www.Gwinnett2040UnifiedPlan.com . Please feel free to download this flyer to send to your family and friends who may live and/or work in Gwinnett County.

County Contact: Todd Hargrave
Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development

Employees volunteer downtime, lend FODAC a hand

When employees at the new KEDPlasma found themselves ready to work, but unable to use their new Lilburn facility due to a construction delay, they were determined not to let their idle hands become the devil’s workshop, and set about doing some extra good.

KEDPlasma specializes in the collection and procurement of high-quality blood plasma that is processed into plasma-based therapies. Their newest facility in Lilburn had been scheduled to open Sept. 5, but a construction delay pushed the date back and left eight phlebotomists – specialists and nurses who draw donor’s blood – with nothing to do. They asked their manager Kino Pearce about any nearby volunteer opportunities.

After one phone call from Pearce to Emory Morsberger, who heads both the Lilburn and Stone Mountain CIDs, and the eight medically trained specialists were on their way to the Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), a charity that assembles and refurbishes medical devices for the disabled.

“Being new to this area, we’d never even heard of FODAC,” said phlebotomist Reginald Wright. “But they needed folks to help the people in Houston, and we needed something to do.”

FODAC, which is located in the Stone Mountain CID, had been contacted by disaster relief agencies in Houston, according to Chris Brand, FODAC’s CEO/President.

“Hurricane Harvey did a lot of damage to Houston, and in any natural disaster, medical needs are the most urgent,” said Brand. “We’re glad to have extra hands helping us.”

“We were absolute strangers to FODAC,” said volunteer Annette German, PRN. “But we understand the importance of being our brother’s keeper.”

Founded in 1986 by the late Ed Butchart, FODAC is a 501(c)(3), with no direct funding from Medicare/Medicaid. It provides durable medical equipment, such as wheelchairs and hospital beds, at little or no cost to the disabled and their families.

City of Lilburn business licenses

The following new business licenses were recently reported by the City of Lilburn. Welcome to the neighborhood!

  • Alegrias Party Supply & Rental – 465 Pleasant Hill Rd.
  • JT Painting Services – 45 Jon Jeff Dr.
  • Cellular Plus – 550 Pleasant Hill Rd.
  • All Pros Custom Tint – 535 Indian Trail Rd.
  • Ron Sparks Inc. – 10345 Walnut Ln.
  • Vida Salon – 475 Rockbridge Rd.
  • Mas Group – 4475 Shelley Ln.
  • Inez’s Eye Photography – 3855 Lawrenceville Hwy.

Community Profile: Doug Stacks, City of Lilburn Director of Planning and Economic Development

Doug Stacks is a nine-year veteran of the City of Lilburn. Doug started his career as a code enforcement officer with Gwinnett County and later was planning director for Snellville before pursuing a career as a professional land planning consultant, specializing in commercial property and vacant land.

Doug StacksAs the Director of Planning and Economic Development for Lilburn since 2008, Doug has been a creative force in re-shaping the department into a “one-stop shop” for plan review, permitting, inspection and occupancy. He has built a reputation for his “real-world, common sense approach to interpretation of codes and ordinances.” His staff includes a planner, planning clerk, building inspector and code enforcement officers as well as a public relations manager and events coordinator.

One of the first initiatives that Doug was involved in was the study for forming the Lilburn Community Improvement District in 2009. At that time, the city faced a new median on Highway 29 from Ronald Reagan Parkway to Postal Way. The formation of the CID was key to helping commercial property owners and businesses minimize any negative impacts of the median. Since those early days, Doug has continued to work closely with the CID Board to leverage grant opportunities so that both organizations maximize the benefits. Doug describes a symbiotic relationship between the city and the CID: “We truly appreciate the efforts of the CID to beautify and improve the efficiency of not only our roadways, but also those leading into Lilburn.”

In addition to working with the CID, Doug and his staff work closely with the Planning Commission and Board of Appeals, Lilburn Downtown Development Authority, Partnership Gwinnett, Gwinnett Chamber and Atlanta Regional Commission.