Help guide land use, growth and transportation in Athens

Right now, the Athens-Clarke County Government is asking for public input on a number of topics including land use in Athens, ways to improve the Lexington Road corridor and on regional transportation planning for the long-term. By taking one of several active surveys, your opinion can have a lasting effect on the community for years to come.

Future land use map

Did you know that over 30,000 new residents are expected in Athens by 2045? That means we have to figure out where all those additional people are going to live, work and play and how to provide them with the services they’ll need.

Given the influx of new residents, the local government is asking for feedback that will influence what the future of the community will look and feel like over the next 20 years. Your input on the future use map will help guide how Athens uses its limited land area and will help planners rewrite zoning codes and make infrastructure decisions. 

You can provide input on future land use in Athens here. Tabs at the top of the page lead you to the preference survey, map survey and the opportunity to express any final thoughts. The preference survey asks about your preferences for managing growth in Athens-Clarke County. The map survey asks for your opinions on the growth centers and corridors already identified.

These public input surveys will be available until April 30.

If you would like more information or help filling out the survey, you can visit the ACC Planning Department at 120 West Dougherty Street any weekday from March 25 to April 26. You can also attend one of their eight information sessions.

March 21: Athens Technical College (525 Calhoun Drive), 5:30 pm – 7 pm

March 26: Creature Comforts (271 W. Hancock Avenue), 5:30 pm – 7 pm

March 27: Whitehead Road Elementary (555 Quailwood Drive), 6 pm – 8 pm, Spanish interpreter available.

March 28: Fowler Drive Elementary (400 Fowler Drive), 6 pm – 8 pm, Spanish interpreter available.

April 10: Hilsman Middle School (870 Gaines School Road), 6 pm – 7:30 pm

April 11: Heard Park and Community Center (400 McKinley Drive), 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

April 15: ACC Extension Office (275 Cleveland Road), 5:30 pm – 7 pm

April 18: ACC Library (2025 Baxter Street), 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Lexington Road community improvements

Lexington Road has a special tax allocation district, or TAD, that allows residents to choose how to develop this area of the community. Increased revenue from new investments are used to pay for physical improvements to the area. The Lexington Road TAD extends from the Willowood shopping center to Johnson Drive along the south side of the road and includes Cherokee Road along the north side. 

Lexington Road TAD area
The area in green shows the Lexington Road tax allocation district.

The Lexington Road TAD survey asks residents to comment on potential infrastructure improvements, economic development, affordable housing initiatives and youth development opportunities within the Lexington Road tax allocation district.

The survey is available through March 31. An information session is scheduled for March 21 at 4175 Lexington Road from 5 – 7 pm.

Regional transportation plan

A regional transportation effort is underway in a three county area including Clarke, Madison and Oconee Counties. The Madison Athens-Clarke Oconee Regional Transportation Study (MACORTS) is developing a plan for a multimodal transportation system (transit, highway, bicycle, pedestrian and aviation) for the next 25 years.

The local government is looking for community feedback to inform this major transportation plan. You can take the survey here.

This survey asks respondents how they travel for school, work and other trips and how often they use different modes of transportation. The survey also asks why people use different transportation modes and why they might choose to use other modes. When taking the survey, you can rate the quality of current infrastructure and they can select the top three challenges the community faces with regards to transportation. You can also identify your top priorities for funding and ways you’d like to see transportation challenges addressed.

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