Sandy Springs officials plan a pair of public discussions this month on the city’s future.

“When we began as a city in 2005, we adopted many of Fulton County’s regulations.  We’ve made adjustments along the way, but it is time, especially as we develop our downtown area, to hear what else residents, businesses and community organizations want the city to focus on in the years ahead.” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in a press release.

On June 23, civic leaders, residents and business owners are to share ideas for neighborhood preservation and improvements. On June 24, all residents will be able to join the discussion, the city said.

Participants will be asked to share their thoughts on issues from transportation to environmental concerns, development to preserving quality of life.  The workshops will take a look at Sandy Springs from a wide lens, but as importantly, the conversation will also focus on smaller areas such as the Roswell Road Corridor, the Perimeter Business District, northern Sandy Springs and the Powers Ferry area.

“Everything is open for discussion,” Paul said.

The June 23 discussion is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Bluestone Road. The community forum on June 24 is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the USMC Activities Center, 86 Mount Vernon Highway.

Residents also will have an opportunity to comment through an online survey at

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