Questions about FoCo growth? Here’s your final chance to ask about the new Comprehensive Plan

Justine Lookenott

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Three public meetings will be held in May for residents to give their input on the Comprehensive Plan draft(Image by Forsyth County Government)

(Forsyth County, GA) Forsyth County residents will be able to add their own input on the current draft of the County’s Comprehensive Plan in three public meetings being held on May 16, 18 and 23. The first two will be in-person and the third meeting will be virtual.

Foster Forsyth 2022 focuses on the growth and development of the County, the current Comprehensive Plan was completed in 2017.

“This third public meeting series, in conjunction with the online input period, will be the final opportunity to comment on the draft plan prior to public hearings to be scheduled in June and July,” said Planning & Community Development Deputy Director Vanessa Bernstein-Goldman. “We strongly encourage participation and community feedback since the Comprehensive Plan is utilized to help guide future growth in Forsyth County.”

Meeting Information

The first two meetings will have an open-house set up for members of the community to be briefed on the current Comprehensive Plan draft by County officials. Attendees will be able to ask questions and give their feedback.

The third meeting, which will be virtual, will give residents who review the materials online a chance to ask questions.

From May 17 at 8 a.m. through May 30 at 8 a.m., residents will also be able to view the draft plan documents on the Foster Forsyth 2022 website. The County suggests those who are attending the virtual session to take a look at the documents prior to the meeting.

All three meetings will offer the same information on the current draft.

Here is the meeting schedule:

  • May 16 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.) - Central Park Recreation Center Banquet Room (2300 Keith Bridge Road)
  • May 18 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.) - Fowler Park Recreation Center Community Room (4110 Carolene Way)
  • May 23 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.) - The virtual question and answer session will be hosted on Zoom.

Zoom meeting ID: 851 5657 9893

–Join via phone audio: 1-301-715-8592

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The project timeline for the Comprehensive Plan(Image by Forsyth County Government)

Here’s why Forsyth County has a growth plan

According to the Foster Forsyth 2022 website, Georgia requires communities to update their comprehensive plans every five years. This includes “a reevaluation of needs and opportunities, preferred options for future land use and development as well as action steps to achieve community goals.”

The current Comprehensive Plan, Foster Forsyth 2017 - 2037, resulted in major changes to the way the County approached growth management. The Foster Forsyth 2022 website says that between 2010 and 2020, the County’s population grew by 43 percent and is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. While there have been debates about whether Forsyth County has grown too big too quickly, many citizens have appreciated what the area now has to offer.

Gina Doiron, who moved to Forsyth County in 2004 from Statesboro, GA, is among that group.

“Thomas [her husband] and I moved to Cumming in 2004 after we married as I had taken a job with Forsyth County Schools,” Doiron said. “We were teased a bit by all our friends who lived in the city. They felt we lived in the boonies. Now we have all the great shops, restaurants and more. The schools are the best!”

This is the third round of public meetings held to gather community feedback on the plan. The other two sessions were held back in December and February/March.

Once the current meeting sessions are completed, the County will hold three more public meetings before the Board of Commissioners and the Planning Commission to finalize the plan for state review. These dates have not yet been announced.

More information on the Comprehensive Plan can be found at fosterforsyth2022.com. The current Comprehensive Plan can be seen here. The project documents for the current Comprehensive Plan draft can be seen here.

To contact the Foster Forsyth 2022 planning team, email planningteam@fosterforsyth2022.com.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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