Blueprints meeting Thursday in Moreland
by W. Winston Skinner
Representatives of the Georgia Conservancy will present a report from their Blueprints for Successful Communities study of Moreland on Thursday.
The report will be unveiled at the Moreland Mill during the meeting from 7-8 p.m. Revisiting Historic Moreland is an inclusive planning effort involving both the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture. The Blueprints program began about 15 years ago, and one of the first studies was done in Senoia. The Moreland project got started late in 2011 and has involved a series of public meetings as well as proposals by Georgia Tech students and several presentations by Georgia Conservancy staff and volunteer professionals.
“In towns like Moreland, where the small city is at risk of being absorbed by larger sprawling cities, the Blueprints process can help to ensure Moreland is a place that people want to visit and stay longer than they planned,” said Brian Foster of the Georgia Conservancy.
Proposals from the Blueprints program are expected to focus on a tree-planting effort, the town square, connecting different parts of town and urban planning to preserve Moreland’s small-town flavor. The focus has been on overcoming factors that might be “hindering visitors from stopping in Moreland and from the community having a stronger sense of place,” Foster said.
“Moreland is a livable, rural Georgia town whose residents want it to stay that way. But Moreland is going to change. A reviving economy, the continued growth of Newnan and its employment base, the future development of the Pope and Land project and the arrival of the sanitary sewer will all bring change,” Foster said.
The Pope and Land property is the area known as the “mega site” slated for industrial development north of Newnan near I-85 and the railroad.
“The question is how Moreland will change in the near and long-term future,” Foster said.