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Dacula seeks input on future growth

DACULA - By the year 2030, the city of Dacula could field an estimated 630 percent boom in population.

Or not.

The choice, residents of Dacula, is yours.

City leaders have organized a public meeting May 20 to help craft a strategy for Dacula's future growth. Residents and stakeholders in the city of roughly 4,400 are asked to voice their opinions as to how Dacula should be steered in the next two decades.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Dacula City Hall.

The city has completed the first phase of its comprehensive plan. The next step is to develop growth scenarios, which will address hot topics such as road improvements and annexation, said Joey Murphy, Dacula city planner.

The May 20 meeting is the second of two "workshops" between residents and city leaders. An April 22 "Public Visioning" meeting allowed the 30 or so residents in attendance to discuss and sketch out ideas of what the city should look like come 2030. The results of that meeting should be available by May 20, Murphy said.

"We don't have renderings yet," Murphy said. "That's what we're getting into."

The city's consultant, BRPH Inc. of Marietta, gave a population forecast for the city that varies greatly based on future annexation decisions. Should Dacula's city limits remain, consultants estimated the city would grow by as little as 30 percent from its existing 4,400 residents by 2030.

But if the city chooses to annex large areas along Ga. Highway 316, the population jump could be as high as 630 percent. At the April meeting, the consultants recommended the city plan for a population of between 14,000 and 17,000 when 2030 rolls around.

Residents can give input at the upcoming meeting if in favor or against future annexations, Murphy said.

The comprehensive plan, designed by the state of Georgia, helps ensure public engagement in deciding future growth and setting priorities for spending public funds.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Dacula future growth meeting

· When: 6:30 p.m. May 20

· Where: Dacula City Hall, 442 Harbins Road

· Cost: Free

· For more information: Contact Dacula City Planner Joey Murphy at 770-963-7451 or dacjmurphy@charter.net