Citizen Engagement Sought on Parks, Zoning and Transportation

A city and regional effort is underway to drive engagement around parks, zoning and transportation.

Parks Master Plan Survey

The City of South Fulton is asking residents to complete a survey to gather data for its parks master plan by May 9. The survey gives residents an opportunity to weigh in on the condition of the facilities, unmet needs, how they’d prioritize investment in parks and arts, and more.

“The purpose of the parks master plan is to identify the needs and priorities of the community from a parks and recreation standpoint, and look at ways to enhance the parks system as well as programs in the community,” said Carlos Perez, the consultant leading the effort.

Early findings have revealed that two of the most used recreation assets in the city are Welcome All Park and Wolf Creek Amphitheater. More than one third of residents have responded that needed improvements are a barrier to using the city’s recreation facilities. And more than 50 percent of residents said that they’ve not taken advantage of programs because they don’t know what’s being offered.

Once the survey closes, residents will also have an opportunity to learn more about the parks master plan process by attending a virtual meeting. The final master plan report and adoption is scheduled for the end of the year.

Zoning Rewrite Virtual Open House

A virtual meeting is also being held by the City of South Fulton on the zoning ordinance rewrite. The effort is long overdue by decades and is being led by Planners for Environmental Quality (PEQ) and Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions.

The city’s goal is to develop a clear and user-friendly zoning ordinance that is consistent with adopted plans and policies, and reflects the changing environment. Emphasis will be placed on providing a more predictable set of land use regulations and improving the efficiency of the land development process.

The virtual public meeting will be held on May 12 at 6 p.m. and streamed on the city’s YouTube Channel. Questions can be submitted in advance at cosfzoningrewrite@peqatl.com.

Southern Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan Virtual Open House

There’s also an opportunity for local residents to weigh in on transportation issues. A series of virtual open houses will be held to gather input on the Southern Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update. Input will be used to update the 2013 plan. It’s a collaborative effort between the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Fulton County and the cities of Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto, South Fulton and Union City.

The meetings will be held on: Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 16 at 1p.m.; and Wednesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. Residents should register to attend on the project website. The meetings will also be streamed on Facebook.

Updates on activities will be provided, along with a list of potential projects. Feedback will be collected during the meeting and also via an online survey.

Photo: Recreation Program Manager Lakita Ford addresses the parks steering committee as part of the parks master plan process.

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