Thursday, July 22, 2010

Public Forum for Regional Sustainable Growth Plan

Henry, Clayton, Fayette, Newton, Rockdale and Spalding counties

Thirty years from now, where will metro Atlantans get their water? How will they get around? What about greenspace, will there be enough? And will the region still be able to attract new businesses, new residents and visitors?

On Tuesday, July 27, The Civic League for Regional Atlanta will ask everyday citizens to help determine the region's future at the second of four Neighborhood Forums on PLAN 2040, a region-wide plan being developed by Atlanta Regional Commission to accommodate economic and population growth sustainably over the next three decades. Specifically, The Civic League will be seeking input and feedback from residents of Henry, Clayton, Fayette, Newton, Rockdale and Spalding counties on their preferences and priorities, particularly with regard to land use and transportation. The Forum runs from 6:45 to 9 p.m. and will be held in the Community Room at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce (1709 Highway 20 West, McDonough GA 30253).

Participation in the Neighborhood Forum is free though space is limited, so The Civic League asks that participants register online at or call (404) 413-0331 by July 23.

"A strong regional plan needs regional citizens, and The Civic League's job is to provide a forum for their input and feedback," said Civic League chair Lesley Grady. "When we began hosting Neighborhood Forums in 2008, we asked participants to dream big and envision an ideal region. Now as ARC is developing PLAN 2040, we're asking citizens to help us think about reality: How close can we get to that ideal region, and what are the priorities and the necessary trade-offs?"

Two more Neighborhood Forums on PLAN 2040 are scheduled in the coming months: September 25 in downtown Atlanta and November 9 in Gwinnett County. Locations and additional details will be announced shortly. Those who are unable to attend a Neighborhood Forum are encouraged to participate in an online public meeting hosted by ARC.

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