CUMBERLAND — In June, the Braves received good news from the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. When a development of this size is proposed, it must undergo an engineering and design review by the ARC and GRTA called a “development of regional impact” study, Balli said.
“They were required to study over 50 intersections all over the region, how it would affect the region and the traffic plans to address it,” Balli said.
The ARC and GRTA approved the project based on certain improvements to the area the Braves and county agreed to make.
“They requested pedestrian access and traffic management plans, which will be complied by the county and the Braves,” Balli said.
The recommended approval doesn’t become final until after five business days, to give local governments a chance to object.
“That period expired ... and there’s been no appeal,” Balli said. “So, the approval by GRTA and ARC is final and that process is now complete. It is important to note that every local government that could possibly be affected from Sandy Springs to Smyrna was comfortable enough and supported the project enough to where they did not appeal the approval and are in agreement that the project is going to be beneficial to the region.”