Peachtree City was recently awarded a planning grant of $128,000 from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The grant provides the city with an unprecedented opportunity to proactively address, analyze and act on the changing environment in the city as it moves forward.
The grant provides the city with resources to bring in experts from outside the city that can provide top tier analysis on what the city can do to make it more livable, walkable and economically sustainable. Topics that will be analyzed include smart growth, occupancy rates, aging commercial development, proactively addressing the shifts in the retail landscape and continuing to enhance the land use plan. The founders of the city created a village concept and this grant will help build on that vision to address the evolving economy of today’s market.
Sixty years ago, the city’s founders planned a unique city. Over time, the plan has been modified due to changing consumer demands. For example, instead of the seven villages the founders envisioned, the city currently has five. Rather than 33 miles of golf cart paths planned, the city now boasts over 100 miles of paths and instead of 80,000 residents that were initially projected, Peachtree City is home to 35,000 citizens.
Among other issues the grant will be used to:
- Analyze redevelopment of areas which warrant it, while maintaining the concept of Live-Work-Play the city was founded on.
- Position the city as a great location for talent attraction.
- Place the city in a position where it can be proactive in planning for the changing retail, residential and commercial markets, instead of being re-active.
The public will be part of the process and dates for public input will be provided as the project moves forward. For more information, please visit our city’s website at www.peachtree-city.org.