Woodstock officials seek input on plan for developing city
by Megan Thornton
October 18, 2012 01:00 AM | 1459 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — The fourth in a series of community meetings to update Woodstock residents on the city’s Town Center Master Plan will be tonight to allow feedback on the development project that will span the next 25 years.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Chambers at City Center, located at 8534 Main St. An overview of the plan will be given by city staff as well as representatives from Pond & Company, the development company charged with coordinating the plan.

Mayor Donnie Henriques said it’s not too late in the process for residents to give their input.

“I don’t think there’s any councilmember that doesn’t want to hear what folks have to say,” Henriques said.

Henriques added that feedback from all residents lets city officials and planners know what a majority of people really want.

According to Woodstock officials, the plan builds upon the success that has been seen in the area — including the downtown development, streetscape improvements and the Walton Communities development—and will articulate a contemporary and innovative road map for the city and its partners based on market realities and demographic trends.

City Manager Jeff Moon said the meeting is part of the process involved in the 10-year update to Woodstock’s Livable Centers Initiative, a grant given by the Atlanta Regional Commission to cities to enhance existing areas looking to make a regional impact.

“Future grants we apply for would be based on this plan,” Moon said.

Moon said the meeting is especially important for those who live in or own businesses in the town center area.

“It would be good for them to know and gives insight into what the long-range plans are,” Moon said.

More information about the progress of the Town Center Master Plan can be viewed at woodstockproject.wordpress.com.

About 10 residents attended the third meeting Aug. 23, where they were given a project schedule.

A final community meeting will be held Nov. 1 where a five-year action plan will be presented and city council will vote on the finalized plan Dec. 10.

The city council was given an update on the consolidated land use and transportation draft plan at its special called meeting and work session Monday night.

Henriques and council member Tessa Basford were absent.

Pond & Company staff members Joel Reed and Richard Fangmann walked council through the plan in about an hour and a half.

Some of the short and long-term recommendations include a large expansion of trails in the GreenPrints Alliance project, implementing parking meters in high-traffic areas and attracting more types of affordable housing.

Reed said he didn’t think there would be an appetite among homebuyers for a 4,000 square feet or larger homes in the city center.

“If you’re going to have development happen, you want to create a more walkable, pedestrian environment that should be around your town center,” Read said. “If you want it more livable and walkable, you want more of those smaller lot options here and those larger ones can be in Woodstock but maybe outside of that walkable radius.”
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