Peachtree Corners Future Mayor Speaks at PDC Meeting

Mike Mason, who is running unopposed, informed members on what his next plans are for setting up the new city.


Editor's note: This article was written by a Norcross Patch writer. Peachtree Corners' future mayor had been invited by the Norcross group to speak at their weekly meeting.

Mike Mason, the unopposed mayoral candidate for Peachtree Corners, was the guest speaker at Wednesday's Progressional Development Committee meeting.

As the mayor of Gwinnett's 16th city, which will be official in July, Mason introduced himself, answered questions from Norcross community members and stated what his next plans are.

"I'm no politician," said Mason, a CPA. He was president of the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association and a major frontrunner for making Peachtree Corners a city.

For his plans, Mason said the first step is to set up code enforcement and waste pickup since everything else will be taken care of the county. The second step, he continued, would be to establish a zoning and land-use plan.

"When you look at the Peachtree Corners community, it's something that's essential," Mason said. For example, he explained, someone was telling him how the Atlanta Regional Commission predicts the population for Peachtree Corners will expand from its current 38,000 to 58,000 people. The first thing that popped in his head was organization, he said, so he's thinking of where new housing could be.

A city police force isn't immediately a part of Peachtree Corners' plans, he said, but he half-joked that Peachtree Corners needed a coffee shop to stimulate a cumlination of ideas and get people talking, similar to the PDC meetings at .

Mason added that he has no idea where the city hall will be built, but confirmed that the idea of a $20 million city hall across from was a rumor.

Mason also mentioned the , saying that there are some people still wanting to sue the area. 

"To me, you don't really get anywhere getting into fights with your neighbors," he said.

He also assured how ridiculous it was that Peachtree Corners became a city just to separate itself from Norcross.

"It's not about Norcross," he said. "That may be a desirable outcome, to stop annexation attempts. But is that the right reason? The right reason is self-determination."

Mason, who was at the Norcross' State of the City address, observed that there was a clear connection between the citizens and the city of Norcross, and he hopes for the same in Peachtree Corners.

"We want to be good neighbors. Peachtree Corners are our neighbors, and we want to look at ways that we can do things collaboratively, and we can do things effeciently, too," said Mayor Bucky Johnson during the meeting. "By connecting the dots here, we may be able to do things that are better for all of the citizens in the community."

Scott Ehrlich March 03, 2012 at 04:45 AM
One other quick point I want to make on something else you mentioned, Harry. I am proud of what I did for the UPCCA and I owe Mike and Debbie Mason alot of thanks for getting me involved and allowing me to meet a great deal of interesting and experienced people that have taught me more about local issues than I ever wanted to know. But, as I hope you have seen through my posts, I speak candidly and have no problem telling either of them (or anyone else) if I think they, or anyone else, is doing something I disagree with. And I'm sure they would tell you the same, from having worked with me for the better part of the year. I'd also encourage everyone here to attend UPCCA meetings after this election. They are usually the last Monday of the month at the Lutheran Church and they are a great way to meet and question some of our elected officials (both within and outside the city). They are open to the public and whether or not you agree with their views, they do a great job of getting important people to speak in our city. Someone else has taken over the email distribution but you can sign up to keep in the loop on what is going at upcca.org. No one is paying me to say it but, if you are interested in local issues, any time you have a chance to talk with or question the people in power, try to take advantage of it.
David Leader March 03, 2012 at 09:58 AM
I hear you; I was careful, and made it clear I speak as what I am now (a citizen). And what you can do as a citizen is write and demand representation. You can't spend your life paralyzed by legal threats into doing nothing.
Harry Dorfman March 03, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Thanks for the invite, but that is unlikely. In 2000 I moved to unincorporated gwinnett with a Norcross mailing address and having no hoa was an important point for me. I am a former hoa president and i have witnessed the stupidity that happens. I had all the local government i needed from lawrenceville. Too me this is just an extension of uppca and I dont appreciate the power grab, the deceipt of your current representative and the obvious agenda of expanding city lite once the uppcas can cite a few examples of "see this didnt hurt that bad" Cant wait for the hired gun code enforcers to come to town.
Andy Darnell March 03, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I read this thread and all I can think is: "Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony." We've got a group of people who created this quest for the Holy Grail and have NO idea what dangers it is going to come to. This limited city "lite" concept isn't going to stay lite forever. We all know it. Eventually ego and pride will breed change. Change will cause higher taxation. How ugly it is now will only get worse over time because we created a large city based upon a small minority group who wanted it in the first place. What is happening to the businesses in Berkley Lake/Duluth is sad. Plain sad. All I can say is figure out what the airspeed velocity of a swallow is, look out for monster bunnies and hold on to your coconuts.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew March 04, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Is the swallow laden or unladen?


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