Final meeting tonight for Newnan’s LCI study

by Sarah Fay Campbell

The final public meeting for the city of Newnan's Livable Centers Initiative study will be held tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, located at the corner of LaGrange Street and West Broad Street in downtown Newnan.

The meeting will be a drop-in open house with no formal presentation. Newnan residents and those interested in the future of the downtown area and the surrounding neighborhoods are invited to attend and provide feedback on the proposals.

Last year, Newnan was awarded a $120,000 Livable Centers Initiative grant by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The grant money, along with a $30,000 'match' from the city, was used for the study, which covers downtown and the 'downtown east' neighborhoods.

The study focuses on strategies to balance growth and redevelopment and to address transportation needs. The study covers issues including future land use, development patterns, housing styles, historic preservation, economic development and transportation.

The study included two in-depth public workshops and an online survey, as well as stakeholder meetings. The idea is to find 'What do we need? What do we want? What are we lacking?' Newnan Planning Director Tracy Dunnavant said in November.

A drop-in meeting was held in March to get feedback on some of the preliminary concepts the consultants had put together.

Tonight's meeting will present proposed strategies and concepts.

'This is our chance to share with the community the ideas and concepts that they have helped develop throughout the course of this study,' said Dunnavant. 'We wanted to give them one final chance to provide feedback prior to the draft plan being presented to the City Council.'

The consultants will make a presentation to the Newnan City Council on May 13.

Dunnavant said she has been pleased with the public participation at all of the LCI events.

'Our citizens understand the importance of our downtown and have taken a real interest in shaping its future,' she said.

Those that can't make it to the meeting can still make comments or ask questions by contacting Dunnavant at 678-673-5481 or tdunnavant@cityofnewnan. org.



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