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Monday, June 14, 2010

Affecting District 2 of Henry County Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 7-8 pm


Planning & Zoning Staff

Dutchtown Activity Center

Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 7-8 pm
 This meeting will be held at Dutchtown High School at 149 Mitchell Road Hampton, GA 30228.

Proposed Dutchtown Area Master Plan

The Planning and Zoning staff would like to hear from you on what you would like to see in the Dutchtown Area. As a result of comments received, staff would like to host a 2nd Informal Meeting, to allow you an opportunity to look at various land use types, and design characteristics, which are a fundamental tool in the development of a Master Plan. This meeting will be held at Dutchtown High School at 149 Mitchell Road Hampton, GA 30228.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to get a better understanding of what we heard as it pertains to the future development and future land use types in the Dutchtown Area. We will also provide visual photos for you to look at and decide if those land uses and design characteristics are appropriate for your area.

What is an “Activity Center”?

• Activity Centers are included on Henry County’s Future Land Use Map within the Comprehensive Plan to be master planned at a later date.

• Master planning means determining where various types of new development can go, including streets, private property, and open space.

• The “master plan” will be enforced by a change in the law called an “overlay district.”

• The “overlay district” will also determine what new construction will look like.

What is a “School Node?”

• A “school node” has been determined to be a particular type of activity center centered around certain schools in Henry County.

• The activity center planned for the Dutchtown area is centered around the Dutchtown school complex and therefore is a “school node.” For an example, please view this PDF.

Why Dutchtown?

It is not just the Dutchtown schools.

• The plan assumes that clustering “new development” around schools will modify people’s driving behavior.

• The assumption is that if new residents live close to their child’s school, they will not have to drive so much.

There are many Henry County schools planned to have activity centers, encouraging “new development” around them.