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Cartersville DDA seeks input
by Monica Burge
April 02, 2013 03:16 PM | 2726 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Cartersville Downtown Development authority is looking for “honest” feedback on a downtown master plan survey.

Authority manager Tara Currier said she and her board and staff have been working closely with Cartersville City Planner Richard Osborne in hopes of learning what residents and business owners think about downtown –— both strengths and weaknesses.

“We need people to give us their input on their perceptions of downtown [good and bad], so that we can create a comprehensive plan to address issues and concerns in the future,” Currier said.

She said while she has appreciated feedback she has received in passing since becoming the authority’s manager, it is important to document what people perceive of downtown in order to create a proactive game plan.

“I have often heard that downtown is great because of ‘a,’ or that downtown could really use more of ‘z,’ Currier said. “This survey will allow the community, downtown business and property owners, and city and county leaders to tell us exactly what they like or think is missing in downtown and help the DDA and city of Cartersville establish a comprehensive downtown master plan, which would be presented to city council for approval. Some items will likely be short term projects while others, which may be more significant projects, will become long-term goals.”

Currier said the surveys are the second phase in creating a Downtown Master Plan.

The deadline for returning surveys is April 30. The survey can be completed online.

For more information call Currier at (770) 607-3576 or email

The first phase was completing an inventory of all the businesses and residences in the downtown business district Currier said.

Once the surveys have been collected, there will be two open meetings — one May 8, at 8:30 a.m. and the other May 9, at 6 p.m.

“These meetings will be a chance for attendees to answer follow-up questions related to the survey results,” Currier said. “The survey scratches the surface of important topics for downtown –— parking, traffics, signs, building design, special events, and others. These meetings will give attendees the ability to discuss challenges related to each of these topics as well as best practices that public and private individuals can use to promote quality future business growth.”

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