Chris H. Burnett
Community Banker, Bank of Sandy Springs
Neighborhood: Rivershore Estates
Past political experience: I have not served as an elected official
Other experience in community:
- Current member of the Next 10 Strategic Planning Committee
- Past Member of the City Springs Citizens Review Committee
- 10 year Board member of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of
Commerce and two-time chairman
- Current member of the city’s Economic Advisory Council
- Past Board Member of the Sandy Springs Conservancy
- Current member of the Sandy Springs Civic Scholarship Fund
- Current member of the Holy Innocents School Board of Trustees
- Current member of the Sandy Springs Rotary Club
- Current member of the YMCA Camp High Harbor Board
Q: Why are you running for this office?
A: Sandy Springs has been an extraordinary community for our family for many decades and I want to make a difference in this community that has made such a difference in my life.
Q: Why should the voters choose you?
A: For over 20 years, I have been an active and dedicated community volunteer who has led organizations in our city that are making a real difference in the quality for life for our residents. My extensive community involvement gives me a board breadth and depth of experience in many of the city’s most important initiatives and my 36 years as a community banker gives me a deep understanding of financial and budgetary matters that are crucial in managing a city of our size and complexity.
Q: If elected, what’s the first thing you want to accomplish in office?
A: As a current member of the Next 10 Strategy Committee, I want to see that this comprehensive strategic plan, which will be the guidebook for our city for at least the next decade, contains every key initiative that is required to give Sandy Springs residents the greatest possible quality of life. We need concrete solutions within this plan for traffic management, neighborhood and tree canopy protection, smart zoning and land use planning, green space preservation and a roadmap to revitalize our aging areas like Roswell Rd. With the completion and ratification of the Next 10 Plan by our city council, we can then move forward with a long-range vision, rooted in measurable goals that are supported by tangible plans to accomplish these goals.
Q: What do you see as the biggest problem facing the district you seek to represent?
A: District 3 is in the direct traffic pattern of the new Braves stadium and is heavily burdened by Cobb commuter traffic that clogs our streets. At this time, I believe that these traffic challenges are the most significant problem facing our district.
Q:What do you see as the biggest problem facing the city?
A: With an absence of a well-planned and properly executed strategic growth initiative, Sandy Springs runs the risk of growing so quickly and so large that we smother in our our success. As leaders, we must bring a balanced strategy of smart, well-managed growth that enhances our quality of life for generations to come.