By REBECCA HAZEN
The public portion of updating the Dade County and City of Trenton Joint Comprehensive Plan has been completed after a final public hearing on Thursday, May 5.
Alex Smith, Community Planner with Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, noted that a draft of the plan has been created, and it is in the process of being cleaned up. It will be available on both dadecounty-ga.gov and www.nwgrc.org.
When the Georgia Planning Act was passed in 1989, there was a requirement that every local government had to create a comprehensive plan every 10 years, with a five–year update. Trenton and Dade County are currently working on the five-year update.
“We have closed out the public portion of the plan. We (Northwest Georgia Regional Commission) will do a review ourselves and we will also send it to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, who will have to approve the plan. We will receive comments back from them as well as any further comments from local government,” Smith said.
“Throughout this process, we have been very fortunate. We had a great steering committee that lead us in a positive direction, with great input,” Smith said.
Smith thanked the Board of Education, both the city and county governments, the Alliance for Dade, and the Industrial Development Authority for all their help with the process.
“We created a public survey to be taken. We’re at 1,200 individuals that responded for a county that has a population of 16,000. When you consider that, the amount of participation is really appreciated. That will all go into the comprehensive plan,” Smith said.
The next step will be the approval of the plan itself. The County and City will vote on the adoption of the plan during their upcoming commission meetings.