STOCKBRIDGE — The city of Stockbridge held two open houses last week for residents to provide their input for the future of their city.
The city is putting together a 2038 comprehensive plan, which will serve as a roadmap for the city’s future over the next 20 years.
In the open houses, which did not feature a formal presentation, Stockbridge residents were able to provide their feedback for what they’d like to see for the city.
Some of the feedback provided by residents included a desire to see more Fortune 100 companies in the city, a desire to see the city’s boundaries closed up, more high-end retail and restaurants and a desire to “grow together and work to become a more cohesive community.”
Specifically, one note said “no Eagles Landing.”
A number of Stockbridge city officials were on hand during the event, such as Assistant City Manager Camilla Moore, who spoke to residents and other stakeholders during the two open house events.
“This is a roadmap,” Moore said of the comprehensive plan. “When the state Legislature put this in place, they wanted a bottoms-up approach to community and community development. The only way you can do that is by a process that allows your citizens to come in and say, ‘This is what we want to see,’ and that gives it directly to the policymakers to come back and implement what the citizens say they want.”
Moore said there were several advantages to going with a 20-year comprehensive plan, namely the fact the plan can be amended if certain factors change.
“You have points in time where the economy scales may have changed, things within the community may have changed, so you can come back and amend it,” Moore said. “You have an initial boiler plate.”
Moore gave an example of citizens who may desire additional pathways stretching to the Atlanta Beltline.
“When they go to the funding cycle for the next five years in terms of capital improvement projects, they’ll say ‘They want parks and trails to connect to the Beltline,’ so this year, they’d do this much, the next year, this much, and by year five, they’ll have a complete connection,” Moore said.
Moore said the feedback provided by Stockbridge residents and stakeholders has been “great.”
“It’s been great to see all the notes,” Moore said. “One lady came the other day, and she came for one reason, and her reason was to make sure the city has programs that coordinate with the school board to deal with early learning for kids and for parents. It was deep, and she said, ‘I want to see where your parks are located,’ and ‘Is it possible to have facilities as part of the park where these programs could be held?’ That was her sole reason for coming.”