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Grovetown receives award for urban planning

Posted: November 15, 2012 - 10:15am  |  Updated: November 18, 2012 - 12:06am
CSRA Regional Commission planner Christian Lentz (second from right) presents the Georgia Planning Association's award for Outstanding Planning Document for a Small Community to Grovetown Mayor George James (center) at Monday's monthly City Council meeting, surrounded by councilmen Bruce Stoddard (from left), Sonny McDowell and Dale Stoddard.   Photo By Valerie Rowell
Photo By Valerie Rowell
CSRA Regional Commission planner Christian Lentz (second from right) presents the Georgia Planning Association's award for Outstanding Planning Document for a Small Community to Grovetown Mayor George James (center) at Monday's monthly City Council meeting, surrounded by councilmen Bruce Stoddard (from left), Sonny McDowell and Dale Stoddard.

The city of Grovetown recently earned statewide recognition for its planning efforts.

The Georgia Planning Association presented the city with the Outstanding Planning Document for a Small Community award at a Sept. 28 conference in Columbus, Ga.

The award is for the city’s Picture Grovetown Urban Redevelopment Plan, approved by the City Council in April. The plan is aimed at eliminating blighted properties and redeveloping a city center in the downtown area.

CSRA Regional Comm­ission planner Chris­tian Lentz, who worked on the plan, accepted the award on behalf of the city.

“(The GPA review committee) decided of all the submittals that not only did Grovetown have the right mix of vision for transforming (the) city center into a true downtown activity center, they felt like there was a great degree of feasibility in the approach that Grovetown intends to take with implementing the redevelopment plan,” Lentz said.

Lentz presented the award to city leaders at Mon­day’s City Council meeting.

“It’s great to be recognized for having vision,” said Mayor George James, who wanted to create a downtown center when he ran for city council nine years ago.

The plan is aimed at standardizing property appearance in part of the city.

Councilman Sonny McDowell, who championed the plan, said developers have already purchased entire city blocks to redevelop them within the plan’s guidelines.

“The most exciting thing about it is now we have developers coming to us saying, ‘We want in. What do we need to do?’ ” McDowell said. “Things are moving very quickly now. This coming year, it will be very visible.”

Also at Monday’s meeting, city Human Resources Manager Elaine Matthews introduced new employee Jennifer Thomas.

Thomas, who started work at the Grovetown Senior Center on Thursday, replaces longtime center director Betty Laverty, who is slated to retire in December.

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soapy_725

Where was Augusta Downtown on this list?

Grovetown beat out Evans and Augusta? What about Aiken?
It had to be the Fort Gordon Gateway. Dyess Pkwy should have dead ended at 5th and Broad St. LOL LOL

soapy_725

Maybe Deke, Fred, countyman and commissioners could have

an "off site" meeting in Grovetown to explore Best Practices and Benchmarking Success. countyman could be the process leader and coach.

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