Q-What Are We Trying To Accomplish?
A-Enhance the region’s economic vitality and quality of life. Work with transportation, community and economic development efforts to formulate a cohesive, comprehensive and connected plan. Avoid “single spot improvements” by focusing efforts on the corridor as a collective and as a valuable resource to the region.
Q-Why Are We Doing This?
A-Develop a sense of place. Promote community long-term goals and objectives. Offer a variety of land uses. Promote a diverse and connected network. Develop community destinations. Incorporate a community vision. Preempt a sprawl cycle.
Q-How Are We Doing This?
A-Developing close working relationships between planning commissions, municipalities and local leaders. Getting the public involved. Integrating local and state planning efforts. Creating a task force – committee to implement plan/vision/goal. Diagnosing assets and challenges in the community/region/corridor. Adopting a plan. Build awareness and promote regional branding. Include regulatory agencies in planning processes to achieve goals. Consider gradual implementation to allow for funding sources. Work with and involve developers. Encourage leadership to constantly and consistently articulate vision.
Q-Who will be included in the Council’s work?
A-The I-75 Summit Committee, community stakeholders, private landowners, developers, government, utilities and the citizens of the communities affected by the effort.
Q-When was the Council first organized?
A-The I-75 Corridor Council was organized in the summer of 2015.
Q-What is the purpose of the Council?
A-To become a coordinating group and a communication vehicle focused on the development of four Interstate 75 exits (138, 142, 144 and 146). The I-75 Corridor effort will focus on pursuing the most appropriate development opportunities with willing property owners/brokers/developers around those four Interstate exits.
Q-What organizations are members of the Council?
A-Organizations which formed the Council are: the City of Fort Valley, City of Perry, City of Warner Robins, City of Byron, Fort Valley Utilities Commission, Houston County Commission, Houston County Development Authority, Peach County Commission and the Peach County Development Authority. Other participants include ElectriCities of Georgia, Flint Energies, and the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.
Q-Who is the current Chair of the Council?
Q-Who is the current Vice Chair of the Council?
Q-What is the Vision of the Council?
A-I-75 CORRIDOR COUNCIL VISION: The creation of a progressive mixed use development plan for the I-75 Corridor that offers expanded opportunities, that is connected in appearance and features, and that meets the needs of residents, travelers and developers, while serving as a national model for cooperation.
Q-What is the Mission of the Council?
A-I-75 CORRIDOR COUNCIL MISSION: The Mission of the I-75 Corridor Council is to facilitate collaboration and partnerships through a comprehensive master plan which promotes economic growth, community development, educational opportunities and enhanced quality of life along the I-75 corridor for the citizens of Middle Georgia.