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Posted to Douglas County’s Main Street by Allison Duncan
If you have followed the previous posts on this blog, then the information in the Lithia Springs Small Area Plan will all look pretty familiar. This small area plan is the basis for a Character Area Study that will inform the next update of the Douglas County Comprehensive Plan. Per the Plan Recommendations, Douglas County applied for some additional technical assistance to continue our planning work.
Douglas County was awarded a technical assistance grant through the Community Development Assistance Program of the Atlanta Regional Commission. In addition to ARC, this project will be supported by The Georgia Conservancy.
The technical assistance project will have two components. The first component will be the creation of a resource manual that highlights best practices and case studies of the type of development the community has asked for in the Lithia Springs area. And the second component will produce a training component for citizens and officials to become advocates for improvements to the Lithia Springs area.
Lithia Springs has a strong sense of place. As documented in the compilation Portraits of History: Lithia Springs by Earl M. Albertson (and available at the Lithia Springs Library) the natural and built environment have been a complement to the quality of life in the area. Industry, development and recreation have combined to create the character of the community. And this same dynamic will be the foundation to define this area moving forward.
Keep an eye on the project blog at this website for more information and future updates. It is anticipated that the project will get started in July 2021, and extend through the end of 2021. Read the entire press release here.
Photos found in Portraits of History: Lithia Springs by Earl M. Albertson, which is available at the Lithia Springs Library.
Posted to Happenings by TJ Jaglinski
Posted to South Douglas Scenic Byway by Allison Duncan
The proposed Scenic Byway already honors two local citizens. Highway 166 is also known as the Duncan Memorial Highway, and includes the Melvin Johnson Bridge.
The Duncan Memorial Highway honors the service of Joseph Elvin “J. Ebb” Duncan. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1949-1964 and the Georgia State Senate from 1973-1980. He was a native of Douglas County. During his tenure in the legislature, he championed causes included support for the University System of Georgia and bus and van transport for mental health facilities. He was also involved in advancing legislation for the purchase of Jekyll Island and construction of the Georgia World Congress Center. The Ebb Duncan Papers are held at the University of West Georgia.
The Melvin Johnson Memorial Bridge honors the first African American soldier from Douglas County killed in the Vietnam War. Senate Resolution 740 was enacted by the Georgia General Assembly to honor the life and service of Private First Class Melvin Johnson. He graduated from Cousins High School in 1966 and became an infantry soldier in 1968.