Goals of the comprehensive plan update
• Preserve the natural and cultural resources by creating designated growth areas
• Promote harmonious land use relationships through quality infill development and revitalization of established neighborhoods
• Promote economic development and improve mixed-use areas near commercial nodes
An online survey and additional information is available at www.hallcounty.org/906/Hall-County-Comprehensive-Plan-Update.
Hall County is moving forward with its comprehensive plan update to guide and manage growth through 2040, and officials are encouraging residents to join the process.
Officials have already approved a $150,000 contract for consulting services related to the plan update, which will address issues related to housing, land use, economic development, and cultural and environmental protection.
The update, for example, could help direct investment in new community centers and parks, commercial businesses and residential development.
Planning Director Srikanth Yamala has said it is critical to address the county’s changing economic demands and opportunities during the update.
Demographic and other data developed as part of a regional transportation plan adopted by the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization last year will serve as a foundation for the comprehensive update, officials said.
The process will take a year to complete. The plan was last updated in 2004.
An online survey is available, and neighborhood associations are asked to participate.
And a “Visioning Workshop” is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville, to allow residents to offer their ideas, opinions and insights about the future direction of the county.