Commissioner Jonathan Pitts said he wanted to have the work session in order to explore the possibilities. He said one of the benefits of having the plan in place is the county can apply for Community Development Block Grants every year rather than the current two-year eligibility cycle.
Robert Smith, government services specialist with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, said having a plan has more benefits for the county. He said a good bit of information goes into the process, and designating areas for redevelopment helps leverage outside sources and focuses local resources. Once the plan is in place, the county can create opportunity zones.
“It’s another nugget to throw out to entice developers to come to your community. A good program allows community focus and puts everyone on the same page,” Smith said.
He asked if, with the bypass coming in, there are areas the county wants to focus on, in anticipation of where development will occur.
“You want to make sure you have smart growth around the bypass,” he said.
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