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Decatur’s Comprehensive Plan update begins this week


Decatur’s Comprehensive Plan update begins this week

Decatur City Hall.
Decatur City Hall.

Decatur City Hall.

The update of the Decatur Comprehensive Plan is officially underway.

There will be an open house session on Wednesday, March 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center, located at  231 Sycamore Street. An email from Planning Director Angela Threadgill said attendees should expect to spend about 20 to 30 minutes participating in the event. There also be a booth at the upcoming “Touch-a-Truck” event on March 26, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event will be held at 120 West Trinity Place.

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“Comprehensive Planning is required by state law to ensure a minimum level of standards and procedures,” Threadgill said via email. “Because Decaturs culture of planning far exceeds what is mandated by the state, we use the Comprehensive Plan process as an opportunity to do a mid-term check up of the strategic goals and accomplishments spelled out in our far more extensive Strategic Plan, which is scheduled to be updated in 2020. Using the latest data, we’ll explore what we’ve accomplished thus far, what’s left to be completed, and what might require an adjustment based on unanticipated circumstances. April will mark the second round of input opportunities, as we examine affordable housing, historic places, land use, and natural resources. Stay tuned for specific announcements.”

In January, City Manager Peggy Merriss explained the difference between the strategic and comprehensive plans.

“Basically in Georgia a Comprehensive Plan is a plan about the physical infrastructure of the city, as compared to a Strategic Plan which is like a business plan for the city,” Merriss said. “A Comprehensive Plan is a piece of a Strategic Plan, but Georgia law requires that every city has [a Comprehensive Plan].”

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