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Forsyth County to begin updating comprehensive plan
Forsyth

FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth County is beginning preparations to update its comprehensive plan.

Last updated in 2012, the plan serves as a guide for growth and land use in the community.

During a recent work session, the county commission voted 4-0, with Commissioner Brian Tam absent, to hire Norcross-based Jacobs Engineering Group to work on the process.

Forsyth will pay the firm an amount not to exceed $255,000. Tom Brown, the county’s director of planning and development, will have discretion over $27,000 for a website for the project.

“We’re looking at what the consultant offered,” Brown said. “… We definitely want to be able to collect input on our website through a survey. What we are hesitant to do is open it up to that kind of online discussion forum.”

The plan-update process is expected to start in early 2016, and continue throughout the year.

“It starts off quick, in January, conducting the kickoff hearing and the community meetings,” Brown said. “… By March, the community workshops are happening.”

A first draft of the update likely will be completed in August and will go to the planning board before heading to the commission.

Two committees of seven to nine members each will help the county with the update. The potential participants have not been decided, but Brown said they will be discussed soon.