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  1. Planning for Quality Communities Planning for Quality Communities Office of Planning & Quality Growth Georgia Department of Community Affairs

  2. Planning for Quality Communities Your Community

  3. Planning for Quality Communities Sunday Drivin’

  4. Planning for Quality Communities “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” Eleanor Roosevelt “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” Alan Lakein

  5. Planning for Quality Communities Why Plan? • Saves Money • Sets Expectations • Improves Economic Development and Quality of Life • Provides a Forum for Reaching Consensus • Connects People to the Community • Protects Property Values • Reduces Environmental Damage and Conserves Energy

  6. Planning for Quality Communities Georgia Planning Act, 1989 • Locally driven • Carrot-stick • Local Planning Requirements

  7. Planning for Quality Communities Local Planning Requirements Three Step Process • Assessment • Public Participation Plan • Agenda

  8. Planning for Quality Communities Focus on Communities

  9. Planning for Quality Communities Future Development Map

  10. Planning for Quality Communities Georgia’s Quality Community Objectives • Adopted by the Board of the Department of Community Affairs in 1999 • Promote Quality Growth through preservation of cultural, natural and historic resources • Provide options to assist communities develop to fullest potential

  11. Planning for Quality Communities Traditional Neighborhoods • Human scale development • Mixed uses • Pedestrian activity

  12. Planning for Quality Communities Infill Development • Maximize use of existing infrastructure • Encourage development or redevelopment of a community core • Encourage Brownfield and Greyfield development

  13. Planning for Quality Communities Sense of Place Preserving and enhancing the unique elements of a community can: • Increase property values • Increase tourism • Increase civic involvement • Increase housing & transportation choices

  14. Planning for Quality Communities Sense of Place

  15. Planning for Quality Communities Regional Identity • Architectural similarities • Common economic linkages • Shared natural characteristics

  16. Planning for Quality Communities Transportation Options • Increase citizen mobility • Increase economic opportunities for citizens and community • Reduce automobile dependency • Promote walking/cycling as an option in our communities

  17. Planning for Quality Communities Transportation Options

  18. Planning for Quality Communities Heritage Preservation • Preserve and revitalize historic areas • Encourage compatibility of new development to old • Protect other scenic or natural features with historic significance

  19. Planning for Quality Communities Environmental Protection • Protect sensitive areas from negative impacts of development • Maintain natural terrain, drainage and vegetation where possible

  20. Planning for Quality Communities Open Space Preservation • Set aside open areas for public use • Encourage minimizing land consumption

  21. Planning for Quality Communities “Between 1982 and 1997, the amount of urbanized land used for development in the United States increased by 45% (from 51 million acres to 76 million acres). The population grew by 17%.” William Fulton, et al.

  22. Planning for Quality Communities Growth Preparedness • Adequate infrastructure to support projected growth • Ordinances and other land use measures to promote desired development

  23. Planning for Quality Communities Housing Options

  24. Planning for Quality Communities Where we live determines: • Transportation options • Commuting patterns • Access to goods and services • Educational opportunities • Career opportunities

  25. Planning for Quality Communities Community Agenda

  26. Planning for Quality Communities What Do You Want to Be?

  27. Planning for Quality Communities OPQG Assistance • Quality Growth Resource Teams • Workshop & Training Opportunities • Best Practices Toolkit • State Planning Recommendations • Good Plan Examples

  28. Planning for Quality Communities Online Resources(www.georgiaplanning.com) • Why Do We Plan? • Selecting a Plan Preparer • Selling Planning & Quality Growth • Planning for Community Involvement • Discovering & Planning for Community Character • Preparing Short-Term Work Programs

  29. 83 83 83 Quinn CountyCity of Fredericksburg See Map: of Fredericksburg

  30. Directions You are the Joint Planning Commission for Quinn County and Fredericksburg. Consult the Character Area Defining Narrative and the provided maps to make decisions on agenda items. It’s only necessary to consult the Defining Narrative specific to your agenda’s Character Area, and possibly surrounding areas, in your decision making process. • Approve • Approve w/ Conditions • Deny • (NO Tables)

  31. Information Summary • Current Population: • 85,000 total • Unincorporated county 35,000 • Fredericksburg 45,000 • Woodruff 5,000 • Projection: • 20% increase in next 20 years

  32. Information Summary • City of Fredericksburg’s CBD is listed on the National Register of Historic Places • Fredericksburg operates a water and sewage treatment system and Woodruff offers only water, while most of the county relies on wells and septic. The municipalities in order to direct growth and prevent sprawl, do not have plans to extend service outside of their jurisdictions.

  33. Information Summary • The county and municipalities have the following ordinances: • zoning • subdivision • erosion and sedimentation • river protection