Thursday, April 17, 2014

Key leaders taking public input for Fayette Visioning process


By Pat Cooper

The Fayette Visioning Initiative Steering Committee is trying to get public input to create a plan for Fayette’s future.
Made up of a diverse group of citizens and leaders of Fayette County, the initiative has organized to create a vision plan for the future of the county, are moving forward to a critical phase of the process—public input.
“The great communities and cities throughout the world have had a group of leaders and citizens come together and focused on a common vision to have a great place to live, work and play,” committee member Trey Ragsdale told the Peachtree City council Thursday night. “A lot of communities across Georgia, in the last 15 years, have been coming together to do this visioning process.”
Ragsdale noted that this process wasn’t new to Fayette County. A similar movement was spawned in 1987 to create Fayette ‘93.
“From that plan, came a lot of great initiatives, including Piedmont Fayette Hospital. But that was 1993 and we think it’s time to do a new visioning process and a new plan for Fayette County.”
With the help of consulting partner Market Street Services, a number of focus groups and individual interviews with key county stakeholders will be conducted in early December. In addition, all citizens who live and/or work in Fayette County are invited to participate in an online community survey to answer questions and give personal opinions about their sense of place, strengths, opportunities, issues and challenges faced in the Fayette community.
“The inclusion of citizen stakeholder input in the Fayette visioning initiative is critical to this plan’s progress and ultimate success,” said Trey Ragsdale, co-chair of the Fayette Visioning Initiative Steering Committee. “By receiving direct input from citizens who represent all diverse sectors of the county, we can create a vision plan that reflects the ideas and issues that are most important to the community at large.”
Data collected from the online surveys will be combined with quantitative data assembled by Market Street Services. The results will give insight on Fayette County’s people, the county as a place and economic issues that affect Fayette’s long term prosperity. Using this input, a vision plan with specific goals, objectives and tactics for creating the future of Fayette will be developed and implemented.
The cost of the process is estimated at $150,000 and, thus far, the group has raised $60,000 towards that end. Ragsdale and fellow initiative member Randy Weaver said they had been trying to work with the business community as well as the various municipalities to get the funding in place. Weaver noted they were expecting the Fayette County Board of Commissioners to dedicate funding towards the project and they asked if Peachtree City could contribute financially to the plan.
The online survey is accessible to the public from December 2 through December 31st at and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete in a single sitting.
Not only are Fayette citizens invited to complete the survey, they are also encouraged to forward the link to local friends, family, neighbors and business colleagues.
In conjunction with the online survey, the Fayette visioning initiative has launched a website Visitors to the site can learn about the visioning process, how the public can stay involved and other important project de


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