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Decatur Comprehensive Plan survey closes May 31


Decatur Comprehensive Plan survey closes May 31

Decatur City Hall.
Decatur City Hall.

Decatur City Hall.

There are only a few more days left to participate in the city of Decatur’s Comprehensive Plan survey.

The city is currently updating its Comprehensive Plan, which is required every 10 years.

The online survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. To take the survey, click here.

Lee Ann Harvey, the city’s Lifelong Community Coordinator, said people unable to complete the survey online can request a hard copy by contacting her via email [email protected] or calling 678-553-6548. Hard copies can be obtained at City Hall, located at 509 N. McDonough Street. Copies will be available on the first floor in the Planning Division or in the Community and Economic Development Office on the second floor.

Sample survey questions include:

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– Expanding retail and service businesses is a goal for the City of Decatur. What type(s) of businesses would you like to see in Decatur?

– Thinking long-term (20 years out), what type of transportation enhancements should the City consider to reduce dependence on automobiles, respond to the needs of an aging population and ensure the long-term economic sustainability of the City?

– What alternative type(s) of housing, if any, would you like to see within established residential areas?

– If someone was thinking about moving to the City of Decatur and you could tell them ONLY ONE thing to convince them to move here, what would it be?

Harvey notes that, “Decatur already exceeds state requirements through our more extensive Strategic Plan (due to be updated in 2020).”

In January, City Manager Peggy Merriss explained the difference between the city’s 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].”