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Oxford to host 2035 meeting

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

OXFORD -- Oxford City Hall will be the setting of the Northeast Georgia Regional Planning Commission meeting for a new 2035 plan for the region.

The region is made up of 12 counties -- Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton -- and the plan is a long-range one for managing the region's forecasted growth through the year 2035, according to the commission's website.

The meeting is set for 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Oxford City Hall, located at 110 W. Clark St. in Oxford. It is primarily for stakeholders of the regions who make decisions, like commissioners and the Chamber of Commerce, but it is open to the public.

"It's an honor for our city to be chosen," said Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry, who serves on the planning advisory committee and volunteered Oxford as the setting for the first meeting. "(The committee) thought it would be a good location."

The plan has come in three phases -- the commission already has conducted a regional assessment and stakeholder development, and now it is working in the implementation phase.

Thursday's meeting is meant to bring everybody up to date on current figures and to gather input on the plan, Roseberry said. He said invitations were sent to all regional stakeholders, but meetings also will be held later this month in other counties.

The 2035 plan addresses issues like land use, transportation, the environment, the economy, housing, employment and human services, according to the commission. The region is expected to have a population of more than 700,000 residents by 2030.

Roseberry said public hearings will be held later this year, and the plan will be written and submitted to the state Department of Community Affairs in November for approval. The commission will vote on the final plan in January.