Athens Sets Dates for Public Input Workshops Regarding Growth

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Athens City Planner Mac Martin has scheduled a series of public input workshops regarding planning the city’s future growth.

The plan is called, “A Vision for Athens: A Future Land Use and Development Plan.” About 460 people who live or work in the city filled out surveys recently to provide input regarding development, city services and funding priorities.

For example, one survey question asked participants to prioritize spending in regards to public safety, recreation and education. Other questions asked what type of commercial, industrial and residential development participants wanted to see in Athens.

“Our goal is to draft a plan that will incorporate the cumulative vision of our citizens and promote harmonious development and a high quality of life,” Martin said. “These are exciting times to be in Athens. We have our share of challenges. However, we have even greater strengths, beginning with our citizens. These strengths will serve as the foundation for a plan that aims to guide our city to a greater level of prosperity and quality of life.”

The public can provide more input at three workshops scheduled this month:

The first workshop will be held on Monday, March 18, 5:30 p.m. at Athens State University Gym, 426 E. Pryor St.

The second workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 5:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 1017 W. Washington St.

The third workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 p.m. at Athens State University Gym, 426 E. Pryor St.

Martin said the first and second workshops will entail a quick overview of the community profile/survey results, a question and answer session and other activities. Workshop 3 will include a quick review of the previous workshops, a visual preference survey and other activities to wrap up the session.

Community Design Solutions, Inc., and the City of Athens will facilitate the workshops.

“This is a great opportunity for our citizens to share with us how they want to see Athens grow,” Mayor Ronnie Marks said. “We hope our citizens will join us at these workshops and share their ideas.”

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