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The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program:
What is it and how does Peachtree Corners participate?



Over the past few years, Peachtree Corners has been working to enhance security throughout the city. These enhancements have included the installation of license plate reading cameras, enhanced security camera placement on city property, the creation of a police sub-station at Town Center, and increasing our partnership with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

One of the programs that the City participates in with the GCPD is the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program (CFMHP). This free program, implemented by GCPD in 2012, is offered in partnership with the GCPD to property owners, property managers, residents, and law enforcement personnel to work towards the elimination of crime in multi-family properties.

The City believes so much in this program, that participation in the CFMPH is included as a zoning condition for all new multi-family and mixed-use developments. While there are some older complexes that predate implementation of the program, the City, in partnership with GCPD, continues to encourage those properties to participate.

The CFMHP has a goal of reducing the number of violent crimes and calls-for-service in multi-family properties. The three-part program is designed to be easy and effective in reducing the incidence of crime on rental properties while maintaining a tenant-friendly approach.

The phases of the program are a required seminar, certification of a property’s safety controls, and an introduction of the program to the tenants via community awareness training.

For the first phase, an 8-hour seminar is presented by GCPD to property owners, managers, and in some cases residents. The seminar includes such topics as crime prevention theory, the benefits of resident screening, lease agreements and eviction issues, working smarter with police, fire, and life safety training, and community awareness. Additionally, the seminar covers issues relating to gangs, drug activity, and crime prevention.

Following the seminar, the rental property must complete a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Survey (CPTED). This survey will allow GCPD to determine and certify that a rental property has met all the requirements for tenant safety. Requirements that must be met include compliance with the following:

■ Minimum door, window, and lock standards
■ Minimum exterior lighting standards
■ Key Control procedures
■ Landscape maintenance standards

Following the certification of the property, GCPD offers the final phase of the program, which is the introduction of the program to the tenants through community awareness training. The completion of this phase allows for full certification and permits the location to include signage of completion of the program on the property, grants management use of the program’s logo on advertisements, and lists the property as certified on the GCPD CFMHP webpage.

After a property is fully certified, a multi-unit family development must host one safety-related crime prevention meeting with the residents per year to maintain their active membership in the Crime Free Multi-Housing program. This certificate expires every 18 months unless it is renewed following compliance with Phases I and II.

Participation in the program offers many benefits to multi-family developments. In some properties where the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has been implemented, there has been a reduction in crime of up to 70 percent. Additionally, the program increases safety, helps to lower maintenance and repair costs, increases property values, and provides for a stable and more satisfied tenant base. This in turn leads to an increased demand for rental units within the development by improving the reputation of the complex.

We are all aware that when the rate of crime increases in any area, neighborhoods suffer, and landlords, tenants, and our City pay a high price. High rates of crime lead to a large decline in property values, increased incidents of property damage, potential civil penalties on property owners, loss of valued residents, and increased resentment and anger between neighbors and property managers.

As we continue to move into the future, the City will continue to focus on the health and safety of our residents and businesses. We are currently working on additional partnerships and programs that will help publicize that crime and criminals have no place in Peachtree Corners.

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Peachtree Corners named Finalist for Gwinnett Chamber Small Business Awards



The City of Peachtree Corners has been named a finalist for the 2022 Gwinnett Chamber Small Business Awards. The annual awards program is designed to recognize entrepreneurs and small businesses in the greater Gwinnett region. This year’s program will be held at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville on Friday, December 9, 9 a.m.

“We are honored to be a finalist for the Support System Award by the Gwinnett Chamber,” said City Manager Brian Johnson. “As a city government, we are dedicated to supporting our small business community.

“We put a large focus on their success by offering many free tools including grant programs, incentive programs, streamlined planning and development, and local organization support,” he added.

Honoring individuals and organizations alike, there will be awards in 10 categories:

  • Community Contributor Award,
  • Culture Creator Award,
  • Emerging Entrepreneur Award,
  • Founder Award,
  • Launch Award,
  • Minority-Owned/Woman-Owned Small Business Award,
  • Small Business Award (0-5 employees),
  • Small Business Award (6-24 employees),
  • Small Business Award (25+ employees, and
  • Support System Award.

“Small businesses account for 90% of all businesses in Gwinnett and are a critical component to our thriving economy,” shared Nick Masino, President and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. “We congratulate Peachtree Corners on their designation and look forward to celebrating with them at this upcoming awards program.”

For more information on this event or to register to attend, visit GwinnettChamber.org/Small-Business-Awards.

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Town Hall Hosted by Peachtree Corners Councilman Phil Sadd



Peachtree Corners Councilman Phil Sadd held a town hall meeting at the Winters Chapel United Methodist Church on Nov 2. It was attended by a group of approximately 75 residents.

As part of the presentation, Sadd invited Gwinnett County Police Department’s Major Edward Restrepo and Dunwoody Councilman Tom Lambert to be part of his panel.

The presentation included information regarding a variety of topics. They included:

  • The Forum current state / future vision,
  • Key Construction Project Updates (including Spalding Drive widening; Winters Chapel / Spalding Drive; River Exchange / Holcomb Bridge; New Town Farms neighborhood; and Winters Chapel intersection at Dunwoody Club Drive),
  • Multi-use trail update,
  • Peachtree Corners Town Center update,
  • Curiosity Lab Innovation Center update,
  • What is on the November 8 ballot, and
  • Peachtree Corners Crime Prevention Initiatives.

The audience had the opportunity to ask questions of each panelist. Major Restrepo gave them greater insight on how the use of technology has enabled the police to quickly apprehend criminals and prevent future crimes.

According to feedback from one of the attendees, Major Restrepo’s explanation of how law enforcement works to contain and control crime in our area was not only helpful but very encouraging. They said they went home feeling more secure and less concerned about crime control in the area and in the entire county.

Councilman Sadd began holding these town hall meetings in 2013. He believes that they are an important part of representing the city’s residents.

“I believe that it is very important to meet with constituents and residents to provide them with information regarding the city,” said Sadd. “These types of events not only allow me to provide our residents with information and answer questions, but also allow me to hear directly from them about their concerns, appreciation and what they expect from the city in the future.”

From left, Councilman Phil Sadd, Gwinnett County Police Department’s Major Edward Restrepo and Dunwoody Councilman Tom Lambert

In addition to the audience, there were several local leaders and elected officials that attended the town hall. Attendees included:

  • Georgia House Representative Beth Moore,
  • Peachtree Corners Councilman Eric Christ,
  • Peachtree Corners Councilman Joe Sawyer,
  • Board of Education District 3 Representative Mary Kay Murphy,
  • Georgia State House Candidate Scott Hilton,
  • Georgia State House Candidate Ruwa Romman,
  • Georgia State Senate Candidate Austin McDonald,
  • Peachtree Corners DDA Representative Tim Le,
  • Peachtree Corners Planning Commission Member Alan Kaplan,
  • Peachtree Corners Zoning Board of Appeals Member Marcia Brandes, and
  • Winters Chapel United Methodist Pastor Steve Ring.

As it is an election year, Sadd spoke about the importance of voting. Sample ballots were made available to those in the audience at the completion of the program.

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Peachtree Corners Enlists IMS to Conduct Pavement Survey



Laser Crack Measurement System (LCMS-2)

Residents of Peachtree Corners will soon have an objective assessment of the town’s pavement. Using funds dedicated to infrastructure management, the City has contracted with Infrastructure Management Services (IMS) to conduct the pavement survey.

The company has over 30 years of experience in the field of pavement management and has helped municipalities throughout the United States and Canada. IMS will be responsible for completing an objective pavement condition survey as well as a budget and rehabilitation analysis.

IMS survey vehicles hit the streets in early October using their Laser Crack Measurement System (LCMS-2). The LCMS-2 is a 3D imaging sensor that collects continuous 3D pavement imagery along with rutting and roughness measurements.

How it works

The LCMS-2 will determine surface distresses including load cracking, block cracking, rutting, raveling, reflective cracking, loss of section, bleeding, edge distress and patched areas. Information will be collected on a segment-by-segment basis. The collected data and imagery will be linked to the City’s existing GIS data system.

Once the data has been collected, the City will create a work program using a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) that will rate road segments between poor and excellent. The City will then use the PCI rankings to create an infrastructure work plan based on actual road conditions.

This data-based planning will allow Peachtree Corners to provide more efficient and equitable repairs and maximize the City’s repair budget.

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