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Newton County hosting District Meetings for the Comprehensive Plan

Post Date:12/31/2017 6:00 PM

NEWTON COUNTY, GA – Newton County is shaping its future by creating its Comprehensive Plan through work from a Steering Committee of local stakeholders and, most critically, through input from local residents.

       To see the proposed Comprehensive Plan, click here.

This planning process, guided by the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, began with a public hearing on Sept. 7, 2017 and will now continue with a series of five District Public Input Meetings/Charrettes. There will be one meeting in each of the five Newton County districts. Here are the locations, dates and times of those meetings:

District 1 - Mansfield Community Center   Date: Thursday, Jan. 18         Time: 5:30 p.m.

                     Address:  3158 Hwy 11 S., Mansfield, GA  30055

District 2 – Porter Memorial Branch Library          Date: Wednesday, Jan. 17     Time: 5 p.m.

                      AKA: Oak Hill Library - Address:  6191 Hwy 212, Covington, GA  30016

District 3 - Almon Community Center                     Date: Monday, Jan. 22           Time: 5:30 p.m.

                     Address:  65 Mt. Tabor Rd., Covington, GA  30014

District 4 - Newton County Historic Courthouse   Date: Tuesday, Jan. 23           Time: 5:30 p.m.

                     Address: 1124 Clark Street – Covington, GA  30014

District 5 – Covington Branch Library                     Date: Thursday, Jan. 25         Time: 5 p.m.

                      AKA: Floyd Street Library - Address:  7116 Floyd St. NE, Covington, GA  30014

All Public Input Meetings/Charrettes are open to the public, and anyone can attend any single meeting, or all five (5) of them, to provide their input on the Newton County Comprehensive Plan.

Prior to final adoption of the Comprehensive Plan, the public will have been provided the opportunity to participate in the plan through: two (2) Public Hearings; seven (7) Public Input Meetings; an Online Questionnaire and Survey; Social Media; and, by contacting members of the Steering Committee.  The Newton County Board of Commissioners is on scheduled to adopt the Comprehensive Plan by March 30, 2018.

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 (DCA).  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 is guided by the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) and a Steering Committee comprised of local stakeholders, and it provides the county with goals and policies that guide it to a desirable future.  The elements that make up the Comprehensive Plan include the Community Goals, Needs and Opportunities, Community Work Program, Capital Improvements, Economic Development, Land Use, Transportation, and Housing. 



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