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Cumming holds comp plan meetings
Cumming

CUMMING -- The city of Cumming officially kicked off its comprehensive plan process this week to begin planning for the future of what the area will look like.

On Tuesday, members of the city’s comprehensive plan steering committee met at Cumming City Hall for a pair of initial public hearings.


The plan is being drafted and created by planning and development consultants Jerry Weitz and Associates. Weitz said there were many factors that needed to be considered.

“It’s not called comprehensive for nothing. There are many different things that [go] into this plan, and we want people to think about any or all of these,” Weitz said at the second meeting. “The first one is population; do we want the city to grow? Are we concerned about any demographic trends?”

He said housing, transportation and economic issues would also be addressed in the plan.

The meeting also gave residents an opportunity to voice concerns or ideas for what they might like to see in the city – Forsyth County’s only municipality.

“The city of Cumming has an opportunity right now to decide what they want to be in the future,” resident Dennis Powell said. “We can either become like a Flowery Branch, where they want no residents. All they want is commercial to bring in money. Or you can become … a people-oriented city.”

Several proposals for what residents might like to see were discussed, including a trolley system, a civic center and economic incubators.

Those who came to the meetings were asked to fill out questionnaires for the plan update and were asked to define strengths and weaknesses, rank their satisfaction with current offerings and to identify stakeholders that will be active in the process.

“We’re hoping to identify other people who we will need to talk to that have a stake in the outcome of the comprehensive plan, that have some interest or maybe even monetary interest,” Weitz said.

The committee is made up of Councilmembers Christopher Light and Linda Ledbetter and residents Ralph Webb, Randy Murphy, Brent Otwell, Jason May and Troy Brumbalow.

Future steering committee meetings will be held on Sept. 27 and Oct. 25.

In January or February, a public hearing on the plan will go before the mayor and City Council, which will then go to regional and state review the following month. The plan is expected be adopted on June 30, 2017.

Forsyth County is currently going through its own comprehensive plan update, called Foster Forsyth, which is expected to be adopted by the end of the year.