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See results from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s first survey and take the current survey at www.atlantaregional.com/theregionsplan.
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Regional Commission is encouraging participation in the second phase of a three-part survey regarding metro Atlanta’s future.
The second phase focuses on some new technologies that may impact where and how residents travel and live over the next 25 years.
Responses to all three survey phases are being used to inform The Region’s Plan, a document that assesses and plans for the infrastructure, economy and livability of the Atlanta region through the year 2040.
The plan is a collaborative effort being produced by the commission and a wide array of community partners from around the region.
The Atlanta Regional Commission includes Forsyth’s neighbors of Cherokee, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, as well as many other metro area communities.
Forsyth is in the Georgia Mountains Region — which includes Dawson, Lumpkin and Hall, among other northeastern counties — though thousands of its residents travel through and work in the ARC’s area daily.
More than 8,000 people took part in the first survey phase, which was conducted last fall. Basically, it asked respondents to identify and prioritize metro Atlanta’s biggest challenges.
According to the initial survey, the most critical issue facing metro Atlantans is a lack of transportation options.
This was followed closely by the needs for more walkable/livable neighborhoods, a work force trained for today’s jobs and a more secure water supply.
The second survey will deal primarily with the first three of these needs by looking ahead at technology that may change the way we live, work and travel.
It also asks about jobs and whether it makes sense to connect the region’s existing and emerging job centers with transit.