The public will get another look at the controversial design for Sandy Springs Circle at an Aug. 17 meeting.

Everyone from the mayor to residents were surprised earlier this year with a plan for the section of Sandy Springs Circle between Hammond Drive and Mount Vernon Highway, which includes turning two lanes into on-street parking. It turns out the idea was only approved conceptually over three years before the actual design was unveiled without that background information.

The first full design for Sandy Springs Circle as presented at a March 9 public meeting.

City planners said there would be no further public meetings, but now there will be, at the behest of new City Councilmember Chris Burnett, who said “there are questions about this project that I believe were further magnified by the heavy congestion we experienced this spring when the Sandy Springs Circle/Mt. Vernon intersection was closed” for other construction.

The meeting is slated for Aug. 17, 7 p.m. at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500. Burnett said the presentation will include updated traffic-count information. “This way, our citizens can see the same information that is being provided to the city,” he said.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.