AUGUSTA, GA – (By Karyn Nixon) – Wednesday, August 29 from 6:30-8pm, at the T.W. Josey High School, citizens and stakeholders who live, work and attend school in the Priority Development District (centered on 15th Street, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Dean Bridge Road and includes the vacant Regency Mall) will have an opportunity to learn about the Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program, its process, objectives, and schedule.
This project Kick-Off, hosted by the City of Augusta, will also provide an opportunity for citizens to participate in a discussion and interactive exercise to share views about pedestrian safety, job creation, and the development of affordable housing and quality retail services over time.
The Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program builds off the Augusta Sustainable Development Agenda (prepared by ShieldsDESIGN, LLC with Cranston Engineering Group) which hundreds of citizens actively participated and helped shape. The Augusta Sustainable Development Agenda identified sites for future development, established the Priority Development District that runs from the downtown riverfront to Rocky Creek, recommended sustainable growth policies and recommended that the City create the Office of Implementation - which John Paul Stout currently serves as Sustainable Development Manager.
Led by Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates, a team of consultants will further define the recommendations from the previous planning effort and focus on four major tasks through the Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program:
1. Develop a detailed plan for the Priority Development District and action/feasibility plans for up to three prototypical projects
2. Develop a detailed plan for a multi-modal transportation corridor bisecting the district
3. Revisit current codes to facilitate higher-density, mixed-use, mixed-income development in the district
4. Create an implementation plan for green, affordable housing in the district
The Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program is committed to an engaging public process allowing stakeholders to voice their concerns and ideas for the future. To learn more about the project and opportunities to be involved in the process, visit www.augustasustainable.com
About the Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program
The Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program targets a district extending approximately 4.5 miles from downtown Augusta to Rocky Creek as the Priority Development District along 15th Street, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Dean Bridge Road for smart growth and sustainable development.
The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration. Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates was selected as the lead planning consultants for this project. They will work in partnership with Dover, Kohl & Partners, Partners for Economic Solutions, Arcadis, Contente Consulting, Inc., Southface and Augusta-based W. R. Toole Engineers