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Lee Road Extension Study

Contact: Ron Roberts, AICP - Planning and Zoning Manager

8700 Hospital Drive - Douglas County Courthouse, 1st floor, Administrative
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
Phone: 770.920.7241

planning@co.douglas.ga.us



We attended the Douglas County September Saturdays event September 29th and had a great time talking with everyone. Can you believe we kicked off the project at this event last year? This time, we unveiled the Lee Road Small Area Plan to the public for the first time and presented a more refined corridor plan that begins to identify land uses in each of the character area. Please visit our Facebook page to stay up to date on events and stages in the process at Lee Road Small Area Plan. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out via Facebook or email us at leeroadsmallareaplan@gmail.com.

We will be presenting the plan to the Transportation Committee meeting on October 16 at 2:00 p.m. to get further input before it is formally adopted by the Board of Commissioners. The plan marries vertical and horizontal mixed-use development with attention toward sustainability and promotion of formal and natural greenspace. Two miles of multi-use trails traverse the property and connect more than 30 acres of greenspace proposed throughout the site. The plan makes use of its access to both Fairburn Road and the Lee Road expansion with different development intensities on over 200 acres of land. Development tapers on the edges of the property to preserve and protect single family neighborhoods while improving multi-modal access. A mix of housing types make up the residential development on site, providing large lot single family homes, senior house, and multi-family development to help support the County’s forecasted housing needs over the next 10-15 years. Be sure to take a look at the plan. Let us know if you have any questions or comments.



Lee Road Extension Plan

The Lee Road Extension Plan has recently expanded to include the full Lee Road Corridor—existing and future. The Corridor encompasses the existing length of Lee Road at Interstate 20, south to its intersection with Highway 92/Fairburn Road, the future extension past RaceTrac and Walgreens, and onto the current Bomar Road until it hits Chapel Hill Road.

The new scope will allow us to explore the impacts of the current road widening on land use and get your input on how you would like the character of the Corridor to evolve as new development pressures are addressed. We will develop a concept for how Bomar Road will need to be altered to accommodate the new Lee Road connection and likewise, will identify desired land uses to guide development along the Corridor.



About the Plan
Douglas County is embarking on an approximately twelve-month process to envision and plan the Lee Road extension area and Corridor. This project has the potential to impact and drive development over the next 10-20 years and become an iconic, livable node along the Highway 92 corridor with a mixture of uses, housing options and complete streets to provide greater accessibility for pedestrians and bicycles and an identifiable downtown district for the County.

The plan will include predictable, practical policies capable of being implemented but ambitious enough to draw excitement and a transformative built environment focused on land use and redevelopment; walkability; neighborhood redevelopment and preservation, where appropriate; and economic development.

This plan will draw upon the unique characteristics of the community and include cutting-edge initiatives that will result in a one-of-a-kind experience for residents and visitors. As metro Atlanta continues to develop and redevelop into numerous activity centers, the plan will ensure that the area includes characteristics that make it a unique and attractive regional destination.

The community engagement plan is one of the most imperative components of the Lee Road Small Area Plan. The existing stakeholders in the community offer relevant and passionate interpretations of the current conditions of the area, as well as noteworthy visions for the future. Douglas County invites all stakeholders and community members to become involved in the process to have their opinions heard. The input received throughout the process will guide the decisions and ultimate vision of the plan.

You may have seen or taken the Community Survey recently. Thank you for your input! We received almost 300 responses. 59 percent of respondents identified walkability as the top quality lacking in Douglas County, with a sense of community and central town center space following with 41 and 38 percent (respondents were not limited to one response). When asked what top three priorities a town center area should focus on providing, space for family-oriented activities was identified as the highest rated top priority, with pathway development and connectivity as the highest rated second priority and safety and security as the highest rated third priority. Restaurants, retail/shopping, and pavilions or other shaded areas were noted as the top three elements desired for the development of the Lee Road area. Identification of these qualities reinforces input Douglas County has received on numerous other plans. These ideas will be integrated into the concept drawings to be released in early 2018 for your feedback. Envision a plan that celebrates the "small town feel" coveted by the Douglas County community.

The final document will be developed in accordance with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) standards. Staff is looking into the process for getting the Lee Road Small Area Plan accepted into the LCI program. If the plan area is eligible and admitted into the program, the County will be qualified for implementation funding and other assistance offered by the Atlanta Regional Commission for LCI projects. This would be an exciting step toward making the plans for the Lee Road area a reality! Follow this link for more information about ARC's LCI program.

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SUB DEPARTMENTS/MORE INFO
Planning & Zoning Board
Unified Development Code
Comprehensive Land Use Plan
Think You Can't Afford a Home? Think Again! NSP
Urban Redevelopment Plan
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