Council passes Old Town Redevelopment Plan!

At the last city council meeting on January 2, 2014, council voted to adopt the Old Town Redevelopment Plan.

Click here to download the entire plan or a summary guide:

Thanks to everyone for all your participation! The community’s hard work and the core team’s dedication created a strong redevelopment plan. Now the city has a clear path marked for the steps  it should take to enhance Old Town’s already charming character and increase its economic viability. turn it into the thriving, charming downtown that the community wants to see.

The city has already begun implementing the redevelopment plan, beginning with the new connection and roundabout at Snelling and Lights Ferry.

Other exciting things are happening too–the farmer’s market will be opening up in Old Town in March in one of the city’s buildings, and a craft beer store, Growlers on Main, is coming to Main Street on February 1!

We are all excited to see great things happen in Old Town!


Great community meeting last night!

There was a large turnout at last night’s community meeting, including lots of new faces to the redevelopment plan process. Along with several core team members, the project management team, the city council, and Mayor Mike Miller, there were over 40 community members at the community meeting.

The project team presented the draft redevelopment plan, and community members had an opportunity to weigh in on and prioritize the individual development projects. People were in favor of the new community center/city hall and excited to see the variety of parks included in the plan. They were also happy with the plan’s emphasis on management of the city’s existing historic Main Street and thriving events and programs. The community also pointed out some things that were not included in the draft plan that they would like to see. High on the list were public restrooms and bike racks. With the community’s prioritization and input, the project team can now finish the redevelopment plan for presentation to council in November.

Click here to download the meeting materials!

Below, project manager Joel Reed discusses implementation projects with a community member:


Thank you everyone for your continued involvement!

Community Meeting #2 is just around the corner!


Join us at the next community meeting, October 22, 5:30-7:30 PM at the Train Depot, 5600 Railroad Avenue.

We have been working hard to turn your ideas into a consolidated redevelopment plan for Old Town. On October 22, you will have to chance to review and critique this plan. Most importantly, at this meeting we will prioritize projects to create a strong implementation plan for Flowery Branch. Your feedback at this meeting is crucial!

Please spread the word about the community meeting and invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others who care about the future of Old Town.

Lots of ideas at the community visioning workshop

Over 40 people gathered at the Train Depot in Old Town Flowery Branch last night to articulate visions for the development of Old Town.

After some introductory exercises and a presentation about the project background and scope, we all broke up into four different groups to design individual schemes for Old Town. The major issues we considered included how to draw visitor to Old Town from I-985, from Atlanta Highway, and from Lake Lanier, how to enhance Old Town for pedestrians, and where a new, consolidated city hall should be located to best encourage a vibrant Old Town.


After drawing plans, walking around to look at the site, and listing key programs or features of our plans, each table presented its concept to the entire group. We presented our different reasons for siting City Hall, connections we prioritized, and proposed green and public spaces. All the groups agreed that Old Town needs more visibility, more pedestrian facilities, more small-scale retail and various housing types, and strong connections across the railroad and to Lake Lanier.

Next, the design team will have to work with the marketing consultants to consolidate features from each concept into a cohesive plan for Old Town.


For more information, download the meeting materials here.

Join us at the community visioning workshop!


Developing design concepts at core team meeting #2

Yesterday afternoon, the project team got together with the core team  at the train depot to review some design concepts for Old Town.  At the meeting, project manager Joel Reed and marketing consultant Taylor Yewell presented the research we have completed thus far, and then we broke out into groups to develop some design concepts. The ideas we came up with will be the starting point for our community design workshop next week.


Come to the meeting on August 27 to see what the core team came up with and share what you like about it, what you think could be improved, or what totally new ideas you have for Old Town!

The community survey is live!

Want to share your vision for Old Town? Please tell us what you think by filling out the Flowery Branch Old Town community survey.

Flowery Branch Old Town Community Survey

Share the survey with your friends and neighbors!