11-29-11 Moving McDonough’s New Downtown Zoning Ordinance Project Forward
Moving McDonough’s New
Downtown Zoning Ordinance Project Forward
Next Tuesday, December 6, 2011, McDonough citizens, from young adults to long-time-residents, have a special invitation to take part in the follow-up public meeting on the Visioning Workshops that began in June. This meeting for the public will take place in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of McDonough, 101 Macon Street, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. It is imperative that the 25-35 age group develops an interest in the decisions made on behalf of this city now and in the future as members of this group move from citizens only today to citizens and leaders tomorrow.
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) facilitated these workshops 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, friendly hellos, street corners for talking, and shared history that generates great pride and interesting conversations as is found in most small towns.
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 have a voice in future plans and dreams for their town. After all, it is their future, as well, that will be impacted and directed either towards success or failure.
Next Tuesday evening, take time to gather at the First Baptist Church of McDonough at 7:00 p.m. to continue, or initiate, individual participation as the City of McDonough begins the process of writing a new zoning ordinance for its downtown business district and surrounding neighborhoods. The more involvement there is, the more likelihood the future will be bright and successful for both the town and its citizens.