PLANFIRST – PLANBEST
Coweta County was honored at the state capital today for being one of the first communities to receive statewide distinction in a new program recognizing excellence in community planning. Coweta County achieved the state of Georgia’s first-ever “PlanFirst” designation which acknowledges communities that have a proven track record of implementing their plan and a history of good plan development.
Coweta County was joined by Athens-Clarke County, Johnson County, Jones County and the cities of Braselton, Gainesville, Madison, Suwanee, Vienna and Woodstock as the first communities in the state to receive this designation.
Communities were required to address four primary program criteria focused on having a proven record of plan implementation success: goals, leadership, community participation, and implementation.
The Department of Community Affairs developed the program with a steering committee comprised of partners including the Georgia Municipal Association, Association County Commissioner of Georgia, the Georgia Planning Association, the Regional Commissions, and the University of Georgia Archways program, and other state agencies including the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, the Historic Preservation Division and Environmental Protection Division.
Photo: Coweta County Planning and Zoning Director Robert Tolleson is congratulated by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.