CUMMING — The way Patrick Foster sees it, more Forsyth residents need to take part in the process to update the county’s comprehensive plan.
“Everybody’s always complaining about what’s going on, but they’re not willing to put the time in to come out and try to do something,” said Foster, who attended a Foster Forsyth workshop Monday night.
“I think the southern part of the county is overdeveloped, so I’m hoping that they’ll move [that] to a more northern area.”
The meeting was the latest in a series to update the comprehensive plan, or guide to future growth that plays a key role in rezoning and development decisions. It also establishes community goals and priorities.
Residents will have two more opportunities this week to give input on this portion of the update. They are set for 6 tonight in the Fowler Park Recreation Center’s community room and 10 a.m. Saturday at Fire Station 4, 3805 Canton Highway.
The results from this week’s session will be complied with the information gathered at two similar meetings last week.
Forsyth is still relatively early in the update process, with final approval not expected until December. In June, the county will hold implementation workshops.
Monday’s meeting was held in the cafeteria at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming.
Amanda Hatton of Jacobs Engineering and Eric Bosman of Kimley-Horn and Associates led a discussion on what residents would like to see. Both firms are partners with the county for the update.
Following an opening presentation and overview, attendees were separated into two smaller groups, where they took part in a variety of exercises over their vision for growth.
They could choose from several examples of mixed-use, residential and business developments. After totals were taken, they decided what part of the county would be the best fit.
At the end of the meeting, the maps created by both groups were compared
“A pretty different perspective between the two groups,” Bosman said.
“One approach to sort of spread it out, particularly the housing, another approach to sort of cluster it.
“But there are some similar approaches it terms of office and commercial of making sure that we get those in major clusters along major transportation routes.”