What should future growth and development in FoCo look like? Commissioners are looking for input

Justine Lookenott

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Two public hearings will be held this summer concerning Forsyth County’s Comprehensive Plan(Image by Justine Lookenott)

(Forsyth County, GA) Two public hearings will be held this summer concerning Forsyth County’s Comprehensive Plan.

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

“The public hearings this summer will be the community’s final opportunity to comment on the draft plan prior to fall adoption as required by state planning regulations,” said Planning & Community Development Deputy Director Vanessa Bernstein-Goldman. “We strongly encourage feedback since the Comprehensive Plan helps guide future growth and land use policy in Forsyth County.”

The hearings

The two hearings will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Planning Commission Meeting

Forsyth County Administration Building (110 E. Main St.)

Commissioners Meeting Room, Suite 220, Second Floor

  • Thursday, July 7 at 5 p.m. at the Board of Commissioners Meeting

Forsyth County Administration Building (110 E. Main St.)

Commissioners Meeting Room, Suite 220, Second Floor

Each meeting will begin with an overview presentation of the draft plan elements before the floor will be open for public comments and questions.

After the two meetings, the Board of Commissioners will consider submitting the draft plan for regional and state review.

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The project timeline for the 2022 Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan(Image by Forsyth County Government)

Past meetings

A series of similar meetings about the Comprehensive Plan have been held over the last few months for the Planning Team to hear the public response.

Below are the main concerns they received from the public, according to the Meeting Series 3 Input Summary:

  • “The first protested the relocation of the area consisting of Mullinax, Fowler, and Union Hill Roads to the Shiloh/McFarland Regional Node; citizens wished for this specific area to be moved to either the McFarland or Campground Character Area and felt that high-density residential development was inappropriate for their low/medium density area.”
  • “The second message expressed dissatisfaction with the opportunities for public engagement in between formal updates to the Comprehensive Plan; public hearings were described as a “one-way conversation” that were insufficient to ensure that citizens were actually informed about proposed changes and potential impacts.”
  • “Elsewhere, respondents expressed wariness of new commercial and mixed-use development, particularly in established residential areas. Concerns about traffic and overcrowding were given as reasons to carefully consider the placement of new development.”
  • “Proposed high-density residential development was not well-received, particularly in cases involving clearing of natural areas or repurposing of recreational space. Those who did not express strong opposition to additional development still made suggestions related to how to mitigate its impacts, including relocating native plant species displaced by construction and utilizing natural elements such as tree cover and vegetation to conceal developments from the road.”
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Foster Forsyth 2022 focuses on the growth and development of the County. The current Comprehensive Plan was completed in 2017(Image by Forsyth County Government)

To review the updated Comprehensive Plan draft, click here. To see the current Comprehensive Plan, click here. To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan, visit fosterforsyth2022.com. The Planning Team can be reached at 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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