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Leaders explain community visioning to PTC Council

Representatives of the Fayette County Visioning Initiative made a presentation to the Peachtree City Council Thursday night to explain how they are working to create a countywide community development plan.

Co-chair Trey Ragsdale noted that such a procedure isn’t a new concept for Fayette, which underwent a similar review back in 1987 to create “Fayette ‘93.” One of the biggest results of that plan was to plant the seeds for what would later become Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

Now, at 20 years later, “It’s time to create a new visioning process, a new plan for Fayette County,” Ragsdale said.

The visioning process includes input and study from a consulting firm with a total projected cost of $150,000 and the group is hopeful to get contributions from local businesses and also local governments as well.

The visioning effort officially launches Dec. 9 with its first steering committee meeting featuring a diverse set of members representing the entire county, Ragsdale said.

The process will include interviews with leaders and residents along with focus groups and other ways of gathering input for the plan, Ragsdale noted.

A survey will also be conducted to get public opinion as they work to draft a plan “to create strategies and goals for the future of Fayette County,” Ragsdale added.

The plan is expected to be presented to the community in June and will then proceed to the implementation stage.

Randy Weaver said the process does not start with any preconceived notions.

The community survey is already available at www.fayettevision.org.

“This is not a Chamber of Commerce driven event,” Weaver said, noting that 150 people have joined the effort. So far $60,000 has been raised to complete the visioning effort.

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