History of UPCCA
by Gay Shook & Mike Mason
United Peachtree Corners Civic Association (UPCCA) was established in 1993 in response to land use concerns in the unincorporated part of western Gwinnett County known as Peachtree Corners. Homeowners joined together to form UPCCA, an umbrella group of neighborhood homeowners’ associations, and incorporated as a 501c4 organization. Thus organized, UPCCA was able to have a say regarding development on the main thoroughfare through Peachtree Corners, Peachtree Parkway (SR141), and the surrounding areas.
UPCCA has evolved through the years from a group defined by opposition to developers to a group defined by its vision for Peachtree Corners. This meant UPCCA viewed developers and the County as potential partners and not always as adversaries. Peachtree Parkway looks as good as it does because of this support for certain development and a consistent pattern of cooperation with the Gwinnett Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners. A crowning achievement has been the Peachtree Corners Overlay District, established in 2007, as a result of the consistent and tenacious work of UPCCA.
An important UPCCA program is the Peachtree Parkway Improvement Project (PPIP). Begun in 2004, UPCCA now maintains 17 parkway medians beginning at the “split”, where Peachtree Parkway veers off from northbound Peachtree Industrial Boulevard all the way to the Chattahoochee River. The twice a year mowing by GDOT was not in keeping with the image desired by the residents and this project was born out of visual necessity. It is funded by voluntary fair-share contributions of property owner’s on the Parkway and other stakeholders.
As a part of the PPIP, a gateway monument sign announcing Peachtree Corners and the Paul Duke Parkway was installed in the summer of 2008. It was constructed on the acreage at the “split,” where the parkway veers off from northbound Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. This stretch of Peachtree Parkway was designated the Paul Duke Parkway in 1999, for the founder of Peachtree Corners.
The UPCCA is participating in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s “Partnership Gwinnett” by branding Peachtree Corners through its street sign topper program,through the landscape maintenance program, and through the construction of the gateway monument sign. All of these efforts signal that Peachtree Corners in Gwinnett County is indeed a good place to live, work and play.