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The Foster Forsyth Comprehensive Plan Update is a community-driven process.

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Project Timeline

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Current Input Opportunities

The planning process will be wrapping up soon! Thanks for your input along the way!

 

The final plan will be considered for adoption by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in October 2022. See details below!

Upcoming Activities

Briefing with Board of Commissioners (Adoption)

The planning team will provide a brief presentation highlighting updates to the plan and minor updates from regional/state review. At this meeting, the Board of Commissioners will consider adopting the plan.

When:  October 20, 2022, 5:00 pm (meeting start)

Where: Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E Main Street, Commissioners Meeting Room 220, Second Floor,

Cumming, GA 30040

Past Activities

Thanks to all who participated!

Public Hearing 2 with Board of Commissioners

The planning team provided an overview presentation of draft plan elements, followed by an opportunity for public comment on the draft plan. At this meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved transmitting the draft plan for regional and state review.

When:  August 4, 2022, 5:00 pm (meeting start)

Where: Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E Main Street, Commissioners Meeting Room 220, Second Floor,

Cumming, GA 30040

Public Hearing with Board of Commissioners

The planning team provided an overview presentation of draft plan elements, followed by an opportunity for public comment on the draft plan. The Board of Commissioners considered transmitting the draft plan for regional and state review, deferring a decision until a second public hearing on August 4, 2022.

When:  July 7, 2022, 5:00 pm 

Where: Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E Main Street, Commissioners Meeting Room 220, Second Floor, Cumming, GA 30040

Public Hearing with Planning Commission

The planning team provided an overview presentation of the draft plan elements, followed by an opportunity for public comment on the draft plan.

When:  June 28, 2022, 6:30 pm 

Where: Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E Main Street, Commissioners Meeting Room 220, Second Floor, Cumming, GA 30040

Round 3 Meetings, Draft Plan Information Sessions - May 2022

The May meetings offered community members both in-person and virtual options to review and provide feedback on key elements of the draft plan update.

  • The May 16 and 18 public meetings provided an open-house format for community members to review draft plan materials and talk with the planning team and County staff in person.

  • The virtual meeting on May 23 offered a opportunity to ask questions and provide formal comments on the draft plan. Community members were asked to review draft plan materials online in advance.

Open house boards were posted to this site from May 17, beginning at 8am, through May 30 at 8am as an online open house format for which community members could review materials at their preferred time and pace.

Meeting 1: May 16 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Central Park Banquet Room (Central Park Recreation Center)

Meeting 2: May 18 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Fowler Park Community Room (Fowler Park Recreation Center)

Meeting 3: May 23 | 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Virtual via Zoom. 

Round 2 Meetings - February/March 2022

Thanks for those who joined us on February 23 and March 1 and 2 for the second round of meetings, and those who participated in the online input period ending on March 18. Attendees learned more about the plan’s progress and how community input from Round 1 Public Meetings, held in December 2021, is shaping the plan update. At the meetings, the planning team:

 

  • Collected feedback on potential adjustments to the County’s future land use policy.

  • Gathered input on action items to address priority needs and opportunities to facilitate well-managed growth for the next five years.

 

The same material was covered at all three meetings.

Meeting 1: February 23 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Meeting Agenda

Meeting 2: March 1 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Meeting 3: March 2 | 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Meeting Agenda

Round 2 Meeting Materials

Watch the video of the plan update that was presented at the Round 2 Meetings. Then browse through the display boards below to learn more.

Looking for more information? Visit the Document Library to review meeting summaries. 

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Community Survey

The survey closed January 7. Thanks to all who participated!

 

The online community survey helped us cast a wide net to hear from the whole community on priorities for the next five years.

Review survey highlights here.

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Map Input Tool

An interactive map activity closed January 7. Thanks to all who participated!

 

The map allowed participants to add markers with comments and interact with existing comments from other community members.

 

The input tool sought feedback on two topics:

  • Community Scale - Pins were placed on the map to show us preferences for the level of development in different areas around the County.

  • Balancing Land Uses - Pins were placed on the map to help us identify locations for some specific land uses that are important to the County's future.

Review map input here.

Round 1 Meetings - December 2021

Community members learned about the plan update and provided input. Miss the meetings? Find meeting materials below, and check out the Document Library for additional meeting summary documents.

Meeting 1: December 8 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Meeting Agenda

Meeting 2: December 14 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Meeting 3: December 15 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Meeting Agenda

Round 1 Meeting Materials

Watch the video of the plan update overview that was presented at the Round 1 Meetings. Then browse through the display boards below to learn more.

Looking for more information? Visit the Document Library to review meeting summaries. 

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Public Kick-off Hearing with Board of Commissioners

The update officially kicked-off at the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners. A short overview presentation was followed by an opportunity for public comments.

When:  October 21, 5:00 pm (meeting start)

Where: Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E Main Street, Cumming, GA 30040

More information about the meeting: https://www.forsythco.com/Meetings/Meeting/2103 

Who's Leading the Process?

The Planning Team – The Forsyth County Department of Planning and Community Development is overseeing the plan update process in close collaboration with its consultant team, led by Blue Cypress Consulting and supported by Pond & Company.

The Foster Forsyth Steering Committee, made up of representatives nominated by the County’s leadership, will guide the plan’s development and help ensure the plan reflects the community’s preferences for the future.

 

Once the plan has been drafted and reviewed by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is responsible for adopting the plan and facilitating its implementation through policy decisions consistent with the plan and funding of the Community Work Program.

Who's Listening

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Vanessa Bernstein-Goldman, AICP

County Project Manager

Vdbernstein@forsythco.com

Amanda Hatton, AICP

Consultant Project Manager

amanda.hatton@bluecypress-consulting.com

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Lauren Blaszyk, AICP

Land Use Lead

blaszykl@pondco.com