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Fayetteville nears completion of Comprehensive Plan

A new Comprehensive Plan is closer to completion according to a presentation of the “85 percent draft” at Thursday’s Fayetteville City Council meeting.

With a vision statement of “A unique place to call home, a community building from the past working together creating a better future, while preserving our small town charm,” the city has been patiently working for months to sculpt a Comprehensive Plan that will last for 20 years.

Starting with appointing a steering committee in September 2016, the city has been active in seeking public input as they have shaped the plan, including reviewing more than 500 responses to an online community survey.

“We feel pretty comfortable with what is in the Comprehensive {lan,” said Director of Community Development Jahnee Prince in her presentation to council.

The Comprehensive Plan focuses on a number of key goals aim at helping the community shape its own future in transportation, housing, economic development, and land use. Its design is to be a guide in achieving a community’s goals for a 20-year planning period.

They are still fine-tuning the plan and can continue to do so until it is formally adopted. The presentation of the final draft to the Mayor and City Council is slated for the April 20 meeting. From there, it will be sent to the State Department of Community of Affairs for review with a June target for official adoption.
A draft of the Comprehensive Plan can be reviewed via the city’s website at www.fayetteville-ga.gov.

City Manager Ray Gibson also noted the city will soon meet with their SPLOST Citizen Advisory Committee to preserve transparency throughout the process as they begin projects related to the recently-approved SPLOST.

“We need to make sure that we honor their trust,” said Mayor Ed Johnson.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.