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Grovetown officials wants input on the look of the future city

Posted: October 23, 2013 - 12:03am

Grovetown residents can give their ideas of how the future city should look at a Monday meeting.

The city is holding a meeting to get public input on the new form-based zoning code that is being developed as part of the city’s Urban Redevelopment Plan.

The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at Grovetown City Hall on Old Wrightsboro Road.

“Basically, it’s going to be a true public participation meeting where the public will take a visual preference survey where they’ll look at different photos of different types of architecture which they think will be appropriate for Grovetown in the future,” City Planner and Redevelopment Manager Frank Neal said. “That includes residential architecture and commercial, specifically, commercial-wise, in the efforts for us to build a downtown corridor, a true downtown for Grovetown.”

City officials approved the plan in April 2012. The five-year plan is aimed at redesigning the older areas of the city to include many residential and commercial sections along Robinson Avenue, Wrightsboro Road and near the railroad tracks.

The goal is to change from a use-based code to a form-based code. Zonings will be grouped by uses of the property, but will also mix uses based on the look, architecture and structure of the development, Neal said.

Neal as been working to revise and update the city’s zoning ordinances and remove blighted properties. Neal said using a form-based code is not a new idea, but an ongoing trend in city development nationwide. He’s worked in other municipalities that successfully implemented such codes.

The city hired CodaMetrics, a Chicago-based company, to create the new codes based on input from residents and city leaders.

Neal said he expects the new code should be formalized by March.

“(The meeting and creation of a form-based code) is one of the key components in the Urban Redevelopment Plan,” Neal said. “We’re just implementing this Urban Redevelopment Plan and that one of the major goals was to create a form-based code to help create this downtown corridor and the residential developments.”

IF YOU GO

What: Public meeting for Grovetown’s Urban Redevelopment Plan

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Grovetown City Hall, 103 Old Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown

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