Sandy Springs city officials have scheduled for late June a series of workshops on plans for the city’s downtown.

The workshops are scheduled for June 25, 26 and 27 in the media center of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, 510 Mount Vernon Highway. Residents and business owners are invited to take part in the workshops, which are intended to create “a community vision for Sandy Springs’ city center,” according to a press release from the city.

The workshops, to be conducted by consultants from Goody Clancy, a Boston-based planning company, will pick up where a recent pair of workshops left off. During those gatherings, about 160 residents discussed what sorts of development they wanted to see downtown.

Residents are encouraged to attend several sessions over the three days, the city said.

The first workshop, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. June 25, will  feature presentations on housing demand in Sandy Springs over the next five to 10 years; traffic congestion on Roswell Road; how shops in the city center can best serve community needs and succeed; and design and development strategies.

Two sessions of the two-hour workshop are scheduled for June 26. Each is to include small-group discussions intended to develop a “community vision” for the city center and participants may choose which session to attend. The first begins at 7:30 a.m. June 26 and the second at 5 p.m.

The third workshop will be a day-long open house on June 27 at which residents may review and discuss the plans.

For more information: or 770-730-5600.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.