Lilburn Living Covering Lilburn, Mountain Park & Snellville • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 28, No. 6 • JUNE 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Lilburn 2017 Annual Report Shows City on the Move Since 2016 construction of signature Lilburn City Hall- Library, things have fallen into place. (City of Lilburn) Annual reports can be exciting when there is real progress and the 2017 document on the City of Lilburn website illuminates just how turning points make dra- matic differences. Lilburn’s big breakout was the 2016 completion of the City Hall-Library landmark building, a beautiful brick structure with a clock tower perched above it in a roundabout, pictured in our headline photo. It’s been a powerful symbol of progress and 2017 was an impressive follow-up year. The City Hall-Library building has, as anticipated, attracted investment in Lilburn and 25 new homes were permitted last year. However, according to the annual report, 253 more are planned, including 84 townhouses. That kind of growth is transformational and Lilburn is determined to keep pace. Current citizens of Lilburn and those moving in will enjoy new amenities such as parks and trails. Con- struction temporarily closed Camp Creek Greenway this spring but scheduled to emerge is a long-lasting boardwalk that no longer floods after heavy rains. Check the Lilburn website for any closure updates. Gwinnett’s a good Lilburn partner and continues investment in transportation improvements in the city, such as the new sidewalks on Killian Hill Road. Continued on page 12 Gwinnett Cities Earn Tree City USA Honors Summer’s officially here June 21, the trees are green, and the beauty of the public landscape in Berkley Lake, Nor- cross, Duluth, Lilburn and Peachtree Corners has led to their receiving hon- ors as “Tree City USA” communities. All of these Gwinnett towns made the cut among 34 wooded cit- ies in Georgia. Tree City USA provides the frame- work and extends official recognition for community forestry management in cities and towns that meet certain requirements. The awards honor civic commitment to car- ing for and managing forested common areas. Some criterial for Tree City USA recognition include: establishment of a tree board or department, having com- munity tree ordinances in place, meeting specified spend- ing and investment levels for urban forestry, and planning for annual Arbor Day celebrations. Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor , “tree”) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees in the spring, typically on or about April 22. Berkley Lake, Peachtree Corners, Norcross, Duluth and Lilburn, all in Gwinnett Forest, contribute to a county with fresh air provided by forested environs, connected in their beau- tiful wooded community landscapes. Continued on page 3 Quite a few Gwinnett cities known for their wooded landscapes received recog- nition with State Arbor Day awards at Trees Atlanta.