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Workshops on update to Forsyths comprehensive plan beginning

FORSYTH COUNTY — Starting Monday, the county will hold several visioning workshops as it seeks community input on an update to the comprehensive plan, known as Foster Forsyth.

“There’s a total of five of them,” said Vanessa Bernstein-Goldman, the county’s senior planner. “It’s essentially the same workshop, but we have offered them at different locations at different times to accommodate members of the public.

“Really, the goal of this first set of workshops is to look at the future of Forsyth County.”

The plan serves as a guide for the county’s future growth and development and plays a key role in rezoning and development decisions. It also establishes community goals and priorities.

Three of the workshops will be held this week, with two the following week.

The first is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the banquet room of the Central Park Recreation Center.

On Wednesday, there will be a workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fowler Park Recreation Center’s community room.

Lambert High School’s auditorium will play host to the third session from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

The final two workshops are set for 7 to 9 p.m. April 25 in Hampton Park Library’s meeting room and 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 in the cafeteria at West Forsyth High School.

During the workshops, attendees can learn about the county’s demographics, economic development, housing and land-use trends.

“This is really where the process begins,” Bernstein-Goldman said of the workshops. “You start to carve out where you would like to be and, as the plan moves forward through the public engagement process, how those goals are achieved and more details surrounding the vision get created.”

Bernstein-Goldman added that another set of workshops, covering land use, will be held in May.

“They’re called design workshops and really the focus of those will be the future development map,” she said.