Comprehensive Plan Update Underway
The process of updating Coweta County’s Comprehensive Plan is underway and includes two areas of focus involving community involvement and steering committee input.
Community InvolvementCitizens will be a vital part of the plan update through identification of issues and concerns via Public Information Open House events and the sharing of constructive input on the Coweta Forward 2036 Facebook page.
• Public Information Open House #1: January 27, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Northgate High School cafeteria, 3220 Fischer Road.
• Public Information Open House #2: February 3, 2016 from 5-8 PM at the Coweta County Fairgrounds & Conference Center, 275 Pine Road.
The open houses will be come-and-go events featuring county departments responsible for implementing many of the objectives in the current plan. These include the Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department, Water & Sewerage Authority, Transportation, and Community Development. Staff of the Three Rivers Regional Commission will also be facilitating input from citizens by asking what they would like to preserve, create, change, and connect over the next 20 years.
Steering Committee InputA steering committee representing a broad array of community concerns and interests will:
• Review Community Goals found in the current plan
• Identify needs and opportunities that exist now for the county
• Identify a work program of feasible objectives that can be implemented over the next 5-20 years to take advantage of opportunities and meet needs
There are 48 committee members representing community interests of economic development, education, recreation, public safety, community development, environmental and physical health, transportation, and public utilities. The Steering Committee must also include members of the governing authority at each meeting.
The body of the plan will be updated to reflect land use and economic development goals that can be appropriately addressed by the county governing authority as well as the incorporation of transportation planning goals to maintain synchronization between the land use plan and the Joint County and Municipal Transportation Plan that was updated in 2014. Drafts of updated chapters will be posted on the Land Use Planning page and available for citizens to review as well as the Steering Committee who will also be reviewing for their areas of interest.
The final step in the process is to hold a final public hearing before the Board of Commissioners providing additional opportunity for citizen input into the plan. The final draft will be transmitted to Three Rivers Regional Commission and to Georgia Department of Community Affairs. If no additional revision is necessary, the plan will be adopted by October 31, 2016 in compliance with the county’s assigned recertification deadline.