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Posted on: August 30, 2021

2040 Comp Plan: City updating 20-year blueprint for growth

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Aug. 30, 2021) – Gainesville’s future is bright, and City leadership wants to have an updated roadmap to steer the community in the right direction.

That roadmap is Gainesville’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which the City will use to guide growth and physical development over the next 20 years. It’s an exciting time for Gainesville, and residents and stakeholders are invited to participate in the process.

All are welcome to attend the Gainesville Comprehensive Plan Virtual Kick-Off Workshop, slated for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, via Zoom. To pre-register, click the following link and provide your full name and email address: www.tinyurl.com/gainesville-kickoff. A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed to the address given.

What is a comprehensive plan exactly?

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs requires each city and county in the state to create and update a comprehensive plan every five to 10 years. Gainesville completed its last comprehensive plan in 2017. The comprehensive plan update will address the community’s vision, policies and goals based on existing conditions and public input. A new community work program for the City will be established with short- and long-term goals.

What will you learn during the kick-off workshop?

The virtual workshop will: 1.) Introduce the planning process, 2.) Identify the many ways you can get involved, 3.) Walk you through how to submit input and 4.) Ask your thoughts about Gainesville today and tomorrow. After the meeting, a series of online activities designed to gather input will be launched and will remain live until Sept. 30.

Will there be additional opportunities to participate?

Absolutely. The City and consultant team, TSW, will host visioning workshops Nov. 9 and Nov. 11. The community is invited to attend any one of these dates. Details will be forthcoming. A meeting to present the draft plan for feedback is slated for early 2022.

To learn more about Gainesville’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan and to access online engagement activities (available Sept. 16), visit www.tinyurl.com/gainesville-comp-plan.

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