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Livable Communities Initiative
Moving McDonough’s New
Downtown Zoning Ordinance Project Forward
McDonough citizens, from young adults to long-time-residents, received a special invitation to take part in the Tuesday, December 6, 2011, follow-up public meeting on the Visioning Workshops that began in June, 2011. The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) facilitated those workshops which were aimed at maximizing McDonough’s opportunities to attract mixed-use and quality in-fill development; improve connections to recreational amenities near the Square; and enhance street and sidewalk appearance, safety and connectivity.
Small towns all across this country exist to serve their citizens. Nowhere else is there such a feeling of community and camaraderie, friendly hellos, street corners for conversations, and shared history that generates great pride and interesting reflections.
McDonough is just such a town with quaint shops, outstanding restaurants, a beautiful Square, thoughtful citizens who still open doors for others, respect the American flag, and who love their country and the town they call home.
To preserve this heritage, citizens must continue to have a voice in future plans and the realization of unique dreams for their town. After all, it is their future, as well, that will be impacted and directed either towards success or failure dictated by their actions or lack-there-of.
On that Tuesday evening, nearly 60 concerned citizens and those having an interest in McDonough, made time to gather in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of McDonough to continue, or initiate, individual participation as the City of McDonough began the process of writing a new zoning ordinance for its downtown business district and surrounding neighborhoods. The crowd that gathered on that evening reflected a diverse group of individuals including a large number from the 25-40 age group. City officials and staff, as well as the consulting firm that was hired to take McDonough forward with the established visioning plans, were extremely pleased with the turnout and the diversity of the attendees.
There is an established principal, the more involvement there is and the more ideas put forth, the more likelihood the future will be bright and successful for both a community and its citizens. Let us focus on success as we move forward through this entire process resulting in McDonough becoming all that can be envisioned for this community. We are bringing the future into focus with great care and purpose.