Chattahoochee Hills is a city in southern Fulton County, Georgia, with a population a little over 2,400 and growing rapidly. The assets that are attracting families to the area are the strong sense of community, beautiful rural setting, and a love for nature. Mayor Tom Reed has been the mayor for the past 6 years and he is helping keep the wishes of the citizens by keeping the city rural.
City residents have agreed that development pressure must be channeled into forms that fit the city’s vision while enhancing the city’s tax base, in the form of a town and villages, and hamlets that will take up less than 30% of the 35,000 acre area. Outside of those densely developed mixed-use, nodal concentrations, the community will remain beautifully rural, with a strong focus on traditional, rural agricultural uses.
The vision for the community of Serenbe was born in an effort to protect the beautiful rural land known as Chattahoochee Hill Country. Serenbe’s four hamlets have complementary commercial centers focused on the elements of a well-lived life: arts for inspiration, agriculture for nourishment, health for wellbeing and education for awareness.
Serenbe has won numerous awards including the Urban Land Institute Inaugural Sustainability Award, the Atlanta Regional Commission “Development of Excellence“ and EarthCraft named Serenbe the “Development of the Year.”
To expand on economic growth and development, the city is committed to working with its businesses and potential businesses to create a commercial environment that is beneficial to business owners, citizens and visitors. However, keeping the rural character of the city a priority. The city has adopted land control mechanisms that will encourage permanent preservation of landscapes by concentrating specific types of development in preferred areas. This is accomplished by enabling density transfer and establishing buffer requirements and design aesthetics to ensure quality development.
Chattachoochee Hills is definitely a place to consider for raising a family and business opportunities.
by Ann Almond