Sugar Hill Trail Concept Project Page

Project Overview

The Sugar Hill Greenway Concept Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) builds on ongoing efforts to make Sugar Hill an inviting place to walk, bike, and connect with nature. Previous plans and projects that have led to this effort include: the Sugar Hill Greenway Master Plan (2016), the Sugar Hill SR 20 Corridor Study (2018), the Sugar Hill Downtown Master Plan LCI (2018), and the Gwinnett County Trails Master Plan (2018). This effort supports the Sugar Loop Greenway concept by adding an east-west connection along the State Route 20 (SR 20) corridor (Pinedale Circle to Buford Highway) to improve access from neighborhoods to Downtown, local businesses, and the future greenway. It also includes the north-south connection between Downtown and Richland Creek that will form part of the Sugar Loop Greenway. An exact route for the greenway within the study area has not yet been selected and will be determined as part of this planning process.

map of 2020 LCI study area

Guiding Principles:

  1. Designing a safe and comfortable facility for users of all ages and abilities.
  2. Connecting community facilities and other useful destinations.
  3. Maximizing access to nature.
  4. Using existing public land and right-of-way as much as possible.

Project Scope:

  • Analyze existing conditions.
  • Engage with the community.
  • Select a preferred alignment.
  • Develop a conceptual design.
  • Prepare a draft GDOT Concept Report.

The planning and conceptual design will take place during summer 2020, with a draft report targeted for the end of August. The project is funded with support from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s LCI program, a grant program that incentivizes local jurisdictions to re-envision their communities as vibrant, walkable places that offer increased mobility options, encourage healthy lifestyles, and provide improved access to jobs and services.

Public Involvement Activities

Community members are invited to help imagine the design of this section of the greenway by participating in upcoming activities.

Virtual Open House #1
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm on WebEx

Join us for an open house to learn about how the existing conditions of the study area will influence the conceptual trail design and consider alternative routes for the trail. Due to social distancing practices in response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually via WebEx.

Interactive Online Map

Alternative Concepts Survey
An online survey will be posted in late July to get feedback from the community on alternative routes for this portion of the greenway.

Open House #2
NEW DATE: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on WebEx

Join us for a virtual open house to review the draft concept for the greenway segment that will connect SR 20 neighborhoods to Downtown Sugar Hill and Richland Creek. We’ll meet via WebEx on Wednesday, September 9th from 6 to 7 pm to preview the concept and get your input on the draft.


Have you seen the latest greenway concept? Take the survey to learn about the draft concept to connect SR 20 neighborhoods to Downtown and Richland Creek and tell us what you think! The survey is live now through 10/4 at You can read the full draft report at

Survey deadline extended to 10/4!

In addition to these community-wide activities, a Core Team comprised of City Staff, representatives from partner agencies, neighbors, and representatives from local businesses and organizations will help review draft materials and provide guidance on this project.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Planning Director Kaipo Awana at or by phone (678) 541-6127.