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Map meet focuses on character areas
Input accepted through May 8
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Forsyth County News

What’s next
* Review the information and submit comments online at Comments will be accepted for this session through May 8.
* Attend the next workshop, which will focus on policies, at 6 p.m. May 23 in the Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E. Main St. in Cumming.

In the next step of Forsyth County's comprehensive plan update process, it’s time to get down to the details.

During a community participation workshop Thursday night, 30 people gathered to review and discuss the detailed descriptions of each character area on the proposed future development map.

The draft of the map, which reflects future preferred land use, includes 20 character areas, said Vanessa Bernstein, the county's senior long-range planner.

“A character area focuses on both the function and appearance of an area,” she said. “The different character areas ultimately define the type and intensity of development and in essence, each character area should be unique.”

Residents reviewed the development strategies and guidelines for each of the 20 categories during the Thursday session, as well as how they could be put in place.

The workshop was the fifth of seven in the process to update the county’s comprehensive plan, which will serve as a policy guide for decisions related to growth and land use for the years 2012-32.

Those who attended the workshop were mostly “familiar faces” to Bernstein, who has played a lead role in the project management team throughout the process, which turned to public participation in October.

For this public input session, planners provided a 47-page document on the subject of character area descriptions and asked people to give general comments or review the full report and make specific comments.

“For the people who really want to dive deep into those details, we didn’t want to limit them,” said Tom Brown, interim director of planning and development.

Comments will continue to be accepted online through May 8.