Berkeley Lake in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States.
In 1956 Berkeley Lake was a summer retreat surrounding the peaceful 80 acres lake. 700 acres surrounding the lake were developed starting in the 1940’s, and an earthen dam was commissioned in 1948. Development at first led to cabins and camps but a population of full time residents grew over time. Berkeley Lake has grown around 80-acre lake. By 2000, less than 2000 residents have settled Berkeley Lake, but the affluence has afforded an extremely stable and well managed community. In 1996 residents approved buying a 63 acre tract of land for greenspace and preservation, one of the few large tracts of land left in the original 700 acre development. Berkeley Lake services include garbage collection, although residents pay the waste services provider which then awards the City of Berkeley Lake a franchise fee that ultimately helps reduce city taxes for other services.
The ‘solid waste hauling’ exclusive contract in Berkeley Lake Georgia insures that all residents have waste pickup and at the same time limits the number of trucks and traffic compared to cities that allow garbage companies to compete for each individual household. This reduction to the bare minimum number of trucks on the road and pickup days reduces noise and air pollution, as well as wear and tear on city streets. Residents in turn seek city leaders and managers that will competently seek the most competitive solid waste hauling contract for Berkeley Lake Georgia.
Fire protection in Berkeley Lake is provided by Gwinnett County, and police and public safety is augmented by the Gwinnett Police Department. The city is also known as an environmentally correct city, a wildlife sanctuary, and earned the “Tree City USA” appelation. Berkeley Lake is near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard between Norcross and Duluth.