Comprehensive Plan News & Updates

Approval of the Community Agenda portion of the Comprehensive Plan

After the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission found the Community Agenda to be complete by addressing the Local Planning Requirements, the City Council held a public meeting on June 5, 2012 to adopt the Comprehensive Plan as presented.  This document can be found under the Comp Plan Maps & Documents webpage.

City Council Public Hearing


On March 6, 2012, the City Council held a Public Hearing regarding the Draft 2030 Gainesville Comprehensive Plan.  The City Council approved and adopted the Draft Community Agenda portion of the Plan and it has been submitted to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for their official review.  They have 60 days to review the document before City Council can adopt the final document. 

Public Open House - February 21, 2012

The City of Gainesville held a two hour, drop-in Comprehensive Plan Open House to offer the public another opportunity to view or make final comments on the Draft 2030 Gainesville Comprehensive Plan.  There were approximately thirty people who attended the event.  Click here to see the related article from The Times.
    
 Compass Survey Results 

Community Workshop #4 - September 15, 2011

The City of Gainesville held its fourth Community Visioning Workshop at the Rescate 2000 Church located off of Florence Drive.  The workshop focused on the Atlanta Highway and Browns Bridge Road corridors which included mostly property owners and business owners from the Atlanta Highway area.  Participants focused on ways to improve pedestrian connectivity, aesthetics, safety and embracing the unique and diverse culture that currently exists along Atlanta Highway.

      

      

Community Workshop #3 - September 8, 2011
    

The City of Gainesville held its third Community Visioning Workshop at the Gainesville High School cafeteria on September 8th which focused on the west side of Gainesville, including Atlanta Highway, Browns Bridge Road and the Lakeshore Mall area.  Attendees participated in an interactive design charrette which allowed them to create a new vision or "Suburban Reinvention" for the three focus areas.  Citizens were challenged to identify and redesign key activity centers, neighborhood connections, street networks, public space and possible redevelopment areas by using markers, descriptive pictures, puzzle pieces and building blocks.  The Workshop was well attended by the community and participants were very engaged.

               
 
Community Workshop #2 - August 11, 2011

On Thursday, August 11th, the City of Gainesville held the second of three Community Visioning Workshops at the Fair Street Neighborhood Center which focused on Gainesville's Downtown and Midtown areas, Brenau, and nearby Fair Street, Newtown and Bradford Street neighborhoods.  Representatives from Urban Collage, sub-consultants and City staff helped facilitate a fun and interactive design charrette where a diverse group of citizens participated by drawing with markers and pasting photos on large table-sized maps.  The goal of the workshop was to capture the vision, values, and ideas of the community which identified needs for beautification, connectivity, and methods to draw attention to downtown Gainesville. 

        

                          
        
Community Workshop #1 - July 14, 2011

On Thursday, July 14th, the City of Gainesville held the first of three scheduled Community Workshops at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.  The workshop focused on the Gainesville Gateway Corridors located on the north and east portion of Gainesville of which included Thompson Bridge Road, Athens Highway/Athens Street, Limestone Parkway, and Park Hill Drive/Cleveland Highway.  The workshop included an overview and update of the Comprehensive Plan process.  As well, there were three 20-minute visioning exercises in a chess game format that contained numerous architectural pictures, maps and words designed to engage participants.  With the planning team facilitating the exercise, citizens were asked to express their vision through placing the chess pieces on the various pictures and words located on the game board and map that best described what was most important about the corridor, its uniqueness, its natural boundaries and what should be changed and preserved.  Click here to view the related article in the Gainesville Times.

     

Public Open House - May 21, 2011

The first opportunity for public input regarding the 2030 Comprehensive Plan was held on Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Georgia Mountains Center in downtown Gainesville.  There were several informational stations set up relating to different topics, such as Comp Planning 101; Related Plans; Planning Process Overview; Branding & Identity; Mobility, Utilities & Infrastructure; Community Amenities & Preservation; Future Development; and Demographics, Economy & Housing.  Click here to view the article in the Gainesville Times.