Current Questions and Answers about the I-75 Corridor Council

Community Questions and Answers

I-75 Corridor Council

(As of May 8, 2016)

 

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?

A-Melvin Walker (Peach County Commission Chair) 2

Q-Who is the current Vice Chair of the Council?

A-Carolyn Robbins, (City of Warner Robins 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.

 

Q-Does the Council have a website?

A-Yes, the website for use by the Council is www.I75corridorcouncil.com In the future, we are likely to build a public-facing website to market the Corridor.

 

Q-What is the Council’s most immediate task(s)?

A-Communication among the various government agencies, engaging partner organizations and the public,

 

Q-Is the Council marketing property in the corridor?

A-No. The Council does not own any property in the corridor and envisions future transactions to be between willing buyers and sellers.

 

Q-Is there already property for sale in the corridor?

A-Yes. Several owners and brokers already have properties for sale in the corridor.

 

Q-Is the Council a formal organization?

A-No, not at this time. The Council is currently a communication vehicle without Bylaws or formal structure. Flint Energies employees are facilitating the process and keeping accurate records of the Council activity. The Council cannot make any decisions which are binding on any other governmental body or property owner.

 

Q-Is the Council subject to open meetings laws?

A-The Council has no quorum of elected officials from any of its member governments. However, the meetings have been open to the media.

 

Q-What is the role of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission with the Council.

A-The participating government bodies have officially requested the help and support of the MGRC for a wide range of expertise, information, staff support, etc.

 

Q-What are the goals of the Council?

A-Goal 1a: Obtain existing zoning information and infrastructure capacities on each parcel from the respective governments

Goal 1b: Develop comprehensive, coordinated and complementary zoning 3

Goal 2: Raise enthusiasm for change by building trust

Goal 3: Define service delivery districts

Goal 4: Obtain Senior Leadership Buy-In

 

Q-What are the Council’s current subcommittees?

A- Master Plan Intergovernmental Trust Building Service Delivery Funding Promotion

 

Q-What are the goals of the Master Plan subcommittee?

A-

1a. Compile/Overlay Existing Zoning, Uses & Infrastructure of Corridor

1b. Develop Comprehensive, Coordinated & Complementary Zoning

  1. Identify & prioritize steps to be taken to successfully develop & implement the master plan
  2. Create a timeline for measurable goals, objectives & milestones
  3. With Promotions Subcommittee, develop multiple conceptual designs that can be shared with community leaders & stakeholder
  4. With Intergovernmental Trust Subcommittee, identify “easy wins” & “low hanging fruit” to help build momentum for cooperation among groups & pursuit of the Corridor Vision
  5. Consider pursuing a comprehensive marketing study to quantify strengths, capabilities, resources & opportunities for development in the Corridor (work with Funding Subcommittee to identify funding resources)
  6. Gather & compile all rules governing use of the property in the Corridor (EX: local zoning, building codes, XXXX… state & federal highway setback requirements, environmental restrictions…)

 

Q-What are the goals of the Intergovernmental Trust Building subcommittee?

A-

  1. Raise Enthusiasm for Change by Building Trust
  2. Create a timeline for measurable goals, objectives & milestones
  3. Work with Promotions Subcommittee to offer recommendation for effectively communicate Council work, plans & progress (What means? How often? Who prepares? Who receives?…)
  4. With Master Plan Subcommittee, identify “easy wins” & “low hanging fruit” to help build momentum for cooperation among groups & pursuit of the Corridor Vision
  5. Host social activities for Corridor Council partners
  6. With Promotions Subcommittee, make periodic presentations to local governments, developers & property owners on progress of Corridor Council’s activities
  7. Consider short surveys for local governments & other Corridor partners to get feedback on specific issues
  8. Identify similar economic development initiatives & consider inviting speakers to offer ‘lessons learned’
  9. Propose alternative meeting locations (especially where there maybe something to see or a relationship to build on) 4

 

Q-What are the goals of the Service Delivery subcommittee?

A-

  1. Define Service Delivery Districts
  2. Create a timeline for measurable goals, objectives & milestones
  3. Identity who & what is to be served? (specific available properties, property owners, agents, developers, etc.)
  4. Identify available & needed infrastructure (utilities, etc.) to support development
  5. Gather & compile detail on existing regulated utility infrastructure in the Corridor
  6. Gather & compile detail on existing unregulated utility infrastructure in the Corridor (EX: CATV, broadband…)
  7. Identify current/future utility service rights, and the basis for those rights
  8. For areas not currently served, identify most viable utility providers

 

Q-What are the goals of the Funding subcommittee?

A-

  1. Identify & prioritize the items/initiatives that need funding
  2. Identify potential funds available to support development & success of the Corridor, as well as potential resources to support a comprehensive marketing study
  3. Make application for funding for a specific, consensus purpose
  4. Create a timeline for measurable goals, objectives & milestones

 

Q-What are the goals of the Promotions subcommittee?

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  1. Obtain Senior Leadership Buy-In
  2. Create a timeline for measurable goals, objectives & milestones
  3. Work with Trust Subcommittee to offer recommendation for effectively communicate Council work, plans & progress (What means? How often? Who prepares? Who receives?…)
  4. Prepare update/overview of Corridor project for presentation to Council participants/local governments/civic clubs
  5. Make presentations to governing bodies Q-Who is coordinating/facilitating the Council’s work A-Jay Flesher (Flint Energies)

 

Q-Where is the Corridor?

A- The primary focus of the Corridor starts at Exit 149 in Byron and concludes at Exit 134 in Perry which includes all Interstate exits between. (See below)

 

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