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Norcross seeks input on city's future

Residents can weigh in on Norcross’ future, with an open house set to formalize the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

Norcross leaders have had discussions since last summer with a number of residents, business owners and civic leaders, who participated in a “think tank” process. The community input also “recognized exciting milestones in relationships between diverse members of the community,” a press release said.

The final draft of the plan, which updates a study last completed in 2008, will be presented at the 6:30 p.m. event Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Norcross Community Center.

The drafted changes include:

• An updated future development map and character areas, which guides land use decisions. The map includes the recently annexed area north of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and modifies some of the character areas.

• A new list of city goals and priorities for the next five years.

• A community work program, which lists prioritized projects and initiatives.

While a brief presentation will be given at 7 p.m., the meeting is described as informal, and attendees will have the opportunity to view displays and talk one-on-one with the planning team.

Citizen input will be collected at the open house, which is the last public meeting in the updating process. The input will be considered in the final version of the plan before it is submitted to the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

In February, the draft plan will be available for review at www.norcrossga.net.

The City Council is expected to consider transmitting the new plan at its March hearing.