Public Hearing on Walton County Comprehensive Plan- Including Social Circle

Walton County and the municipalities of Between, Good Hope, Jersey, Loganville, Monroe, Social Circle, and Walnut Grove announce a Public Hearing  for the communities’ draft comprehensive plans on Thursday April 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm at 303 S. Hammond Drive, Conference Room G2.   The purpose of the Public Hearing is to brief the community on the contents of the plan, provide an opportunity for final suggestions, and notify the public of the submittal and adoption schedule.

Vision 2040 Draft Plan Available for Review

Crystal ball view of downtown Social CircleThank you to all who came to meetings, sent emails, and completed surveys!  There were over 250 survey responses, and 270 attendees and participants at the 15 meetings and Social Circle High School advisory classes focused on this effort. We appreciate your input.

A link to the Draft Vision, Needs and Opportunities, Work Plan, and Future Land Use  Plan is available on the City’s web site and is available for review at City Hall. The draft will be under review during the Month of April. Final approval will be considered by the Mayor and  City Council in June.

Thank you for contributing your perspective, opinions, and suggestions to guide the future of Social Circle.

Help Create a Downtown Square in Social Circle!

Downtown Square Concept ImagesWe have heard from the community how much they value the downtown and would love a downtown square for gatherings, farmers markets, and  more  festivals and events in our city center.  The Social Circle Downtown Development Authority has made this project their top priority to support the community  vision.  A concept plan has been developed, and a $100,000 USDA Rural Development grant identified to begin the creation of this downtown square.

Here is how you can help bring this vision to reality….

The USDA selection criteria will include an evaluation of broad community support for the project.  Support can be in the form of letters of support, donations and work in kind.

The DDA is currently seeking letters of support from the community, civic groups and businesses. If you can write a letter of support to the Social Circle DDA it would be greatly appreciated and will help support our efforts to secure the funding grant.

Letter of Support Guidelines

The deadline for the grant request is March 17th. Letters will be accepted through March 16th.

Please address the letters to the Social Circle Downtown Development Authority and drop off,  mail or email to City Hall.

Thank you for supporting this opportunity for our downtown. If you have questions please contact Adele Schirmer, Social Circle City Manager at 770-464-2380.

Vision 2040 Notes

We have added notes from a number of meetings held the last few weeks. Please see the links below:

Tree Board and Garden Club , January 27, 2017

Downtown Area, February 9, 2017

City Senior Staff, February 13, 2017

Historic Preservation Society and Historic Preservation Commission, February 13, 2017

Middle School and High School PTO, February 13, 2017

Elementary School PTO, February 15, 2017

SCHS Students, February 2017

There is one more scheduled meeting February 20 at 7:00 pm at Mars Hill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

If you have not been able to attend a meeting and want to share your ideas, please use the online questionnaire or come by the Welcome Center to get a paper copy.

Vision 2040 Notes from Industrial and Economic Development Meeting Jan 31

Twenty-one persons including representatives from Standridge, Shire, DART, Goodyear, Georgia Power, Walton County EDA, Masterack, and Shepherd Construction.  Also in attendance were Fire Chief Zaydel, Police Chief Oliver, Council Member David Keener, and Mayor Hal  Dally Adele Schirmer, City Manager, facilitated the session.

There are more sessions scheduled over the next few weeks. While each of the sessions will have a primary focus, any topics and ideas can be brought up.

The session notes can be viewed here:

Vision 2040 –Industry and Economic Development – 1/31

The public is invited to participate at any of the upcoming sessions.

If you will be unable to attend a session or want to provide your feedback in writing, you can use our questionnaire. Your input will be emailed to Vision2040@SocialCircleGA.com.

Vision 2040 Notes from Boy Scout Meeting Feb 6

Seventeen people attended the session held Monday, February 6 at the Social Circle United Methodist Church. Adele Schirmer, City Manager, facilitated the session.

There are more sessions scheduled over the next few weeks. While each of the sessions will have a primary focus, any topics and ideas can be brought up.

The session notes can be viewed here:

Vision 2040 – Boy Scouts – 2/6

The public is invited to participate at any of the upcoming sessions.

If you will be unable to attend a session or want to provide your feedback in writing, you can use our questionnaire. Your input will be emailed to Vision2040@SocialCircleGA.com.

Vision 2040 Notes from Public Meeting Jan 23

Eighteen people attended the session held Monday, January 23 at the Community Center. Adele Schirmer, City Manager, facilitated the session.

This was the second Vision 2040 session and the first that was open to the public. There are more sessions scheduled over the next few weeks. While each of the sessions will have a primary focus, any topics and ideas can be brought up.

The session notes can be viewed here:

Vision 2040 – Public Forum – 1/23

The public is invited to participate at any of the upcoming sessions.

If you will be unable to attend a session or want to provide your feedback in writing, you can use our questionnaire. Your input will be emailed to Vision2040@SocialCircleGA.com.

Vision 2040 Notes from City Council Retreat

The Social Circle City Council kicked off the Vision 2040 project at their annual retreat on January 7.

The Vision 2040 session was led by Langford Holbrook from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and gave members of the City Council and City Staff a chance to contribute to the vision.

The information from the various Vision 2040 sessions will be used to create a vision statement for the city and to create the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

The session notes can be viewed here:

Vision 2040 – City Council Retreat – 1/7/17

The public is invited to participate at any of the upcoming sessions.

 

Social Circle Vision 2040

The City is seeking input on a Vision for the future of the City.  Broad community input is needed and will be used to draft Goals, and a Work Plan which will be considered for adoption by the Mayor and City Council in June.  Social Circle is a place like no other, with its own history, character, and attributes.  The comments and observations and suggestions that emerge through these meetings, online surveys, and community conversations will inform and shape the future Vision of the City.  The Work Plan will define the steps and actions needed to guide future growth without losing the history and aspects of the City which are valued by the community and which set Social Circle apart from other Cities.

A series of meetings have been scheduled during January and February which focus on various topic areas, such as Quality of Life, Economic Development, Natural and Historic Resources, Downtown, Neighborhoods, Infrastructure.  Please look to visit the Social Circle Vision 2040 page for upcoming meetings and surveys.  Notes from prior meetings will be posted, as will drafts of the Vision, Goals, and Work Plan as they are developed.

Please feel free to email your comments to Vision2040@SocialCircleGA.Gov  If you have a group or organization that would like to host a meeting during February please email aschirmer@socialcirclega.com and we would be happy to work with you.