The development process is an interesting, often messy, mesh of citizen input, comprehensive planning and market forces. The public provides input on what kind of development they’d like to see and it is not uncommon that some want no development whatsoever. The planners try to determine what growth is best to sustain community vitality within constraints of utilities and infrastructure capacity. Developers want to build what the market will buy so they, their employees and contractors can earn a living and get a return for the risk taken and capital invested.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs requires comp plan updates every five years and complete revisions every 10 years. Fayette County and the municipalities must update or revise their comp plans by June 30, 2017. For the first time, Fayette County and the cities are working together to create a cohesive plan for the entire County. Comp plans require significant public input during updates and revisions. The County and municipalities have begun the revision process, which includes citizen committees and numerous public comment sessions. Citizen participation is critical during the revision of the comp plan as it will serve as the future land use map, a guide for future growth and the basis for which zoning codes and development plans are created.
Each local government is now holding meetings on the comprehensive plan and will be conducting online surveys. When the surveys are ready, Fayette Visioning will assist by sending out to newsletter subscribers and sharing through social media and ask all to complete the surveys.