From focused development in Lindale and Shannon, including a targeted plan for the old Lindale Mill, to finding alternative modes of transportation in Rome and increasing tourism in Cave Spring, the proposed 2040 Rome-Floyd-Cave Spring Comprehensive Plan is now available online for public comment. In addition, the Rome-Floyd Planning Department will host three public hearings on the plan before it is submitted to state officials, the first will be Monday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rome City Commission meeting.
The comprehensive plan serves as an overall guidebook for community growth and development including housing, transportation, land-use, economic development, and other areas as warranted or desired by the community. The state requires communities with permit-issuing authorities to update their comprehensive land-use plan every 10 years. The governing authorities may implement policies that stem from the comprehensive plan to help execute the vision identified in the plan.
Here’s are some brief highlights for each area:
- Attracting new residents (especially families with younger children) is crucial to the success of the local schools.
- Residents want to play up the historical character and small-town feel of the town to attract tourism.
- Residents want to see more employment geared toward tourism and the service industry – accommodations and food service, retail, entertainment, et cetera.
- Cave Spring (as well as the rest of Floyd County) has an older population, and understands the need to offer some level of senior housing and medical facilities.
- The downtown area will benefit from a larger variety of businesses, attractions, hotels, and housing.
- Residents want to attract a younger generation to live and work there – more mixed use, nightlife, and recreational offerings, as well as better retail options.
- Need for better alternative modes of transportation – more/better bicycle facilities, sidewalks, and improvements to the transit system are desired.
- Better transportation demand management is needed to reduce congestion.
- Economic development is a concern – residents want to move away from manufacturing and healthcare (their two largest employment sectors), and toward more technical and professional jobs.
Unincorporated Floyd County:
- Denser development is not desired in the more rural areas.
- Residents want to see special attention paid to conservation and protection of natural resources.
- Economic development is a top concern – residents don’t just want more jobs, they want jobs that can attract younger workers and require high level of skill.
- Residents want to see more opportunities for recreation, especially trails for biking and hiking. They should connect to major destinations.
- Roadway conditions are a big concern, as well as congestion.
What happens next:
- The Draft Plan is available for online public comment through midnight, July 22, 2018. Comment
- Other public hearing dates: July 10 at 6 p.m. for both Floyd County Commission and Cave Spring City Council.
- After July 22, the Plan will be reviewed by Georgia Department of community Affairs and The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission. After then, additional edits and comments will be made.
- The Planning Commission will review the Plan on October 4, 2018.
- The Rome City Commission will vote to consider adoption of the Plan on October 22, 2018.
- The Floyd County will vote to consider adoption of the Plan on October 23, 2018.
- The Cave Spring City Council will vote to consider adoption of the Plan October 9, 2018.
- After all three Governing Authorities adopt the Plan, the is deemed complete and ready for use and filed with the Regional Commission and DCA, as well as for use by Cave Spring, Rome, and Floyd County.