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Take a part in our Comprehensive Planning

Please take survey here.

Post Date:11/02/2017 3:43 PM

Newton County is asking the public to help out in determining the future of its county.

A survey is currently available online for the public to fill out and complete by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 to help in developing the county’s comprehensive plan update.

The 10-question survey can be taken by clicking here:

The Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year guide to growth and development that is updated every 10 years as required by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. If the 10-year updating requirement is not met, the county would not be allowed to apply for state grants and special project funds.

Newton County last completed a Comprehensive Plan in 2008.

The Comprehensive Plan provides the county with goals, objectives, policies and tasks that guide it to a desirable future.

The plan is comprised of an introduction and overview, needs and opportunities, vision statement and goals and policies, land use, transportation and community works programs. The elements that make up the Comprehensive Plan are community goals, needs and opportunities, community work program, capital improvements, economic development, land use, transportation and housing.

Guiding the plan is a steering committee, which is comprised of: Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes, Newton County Planning Commission Chairman Landis Stephens, Newton County Manager Lloyd Kerr, Newton County Development Services Director Zach Montgomery, Newton County Planner Shena Appplewhaite, Newton County Zoning Administrator Judy Johnson, Senior Planner/GIS Analyst Scott Sirotkin, Administrative Support personnel Tracy Hernandez, City of Covington Planning Director Scott Gaither, Social Circle City Manager Adele Schirmer, Social Circle Assistant City Clerk/Planning Administrator Barbara Schlageter, Vice President Newton County Economic Development David Bernd, Newton County Water and Sewer Authority Executive Director Mike Hopkins, Newton County Homebuilders Association President Mike Smith and Newton County resident Mandy Higginbotham.

The steering committee will analyze data, perform research and technical aspects, create maps and develop the plan draft. The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission provides draft review and oversite throughout the development of the Comprehensive Plan for state compliance.

After the plan is drafted, with input from citizens, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to adopt the plan by March 30, 2018.


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