The City-County plan is a great way to get some insight into how our city and county leaders are thinking. Some of it’s great. Some of it is not. And a few pieces reveal some plans they probably didn’t expect to be discussed yet. This is by no means a complete review of the plan but this list of some of their goals will give you an idea of how they see our future.
2018 Joint Plan <– click to open
“Explore options to mitigate school traffic on the west side of town.”
They purposefully built every school on the same 2-mile stretch of road. Traffic surprises them now? Almost every school in the county plus the BOE office plus the transportation depot are on that street, one without a traffic light on either end.
“One group in the city and county that is steadily growing is the retiree community. “
Then why in the world do they think “encourage walkability” is a desired goal? None of the retirement community wants to walk around despite what vitamin commercials may have you think. College students want to walk to one place: the bar. That’s why their housing is built within staggering distance of downtown.
“Develop additional in-town bike and pedestrian trails.”
How about keeping bicycles out of the way of cars? You know, the ones who pay the gas and vehicle taxes that pay for the upkeep of those roads they so desperately want to carve up so a dozen people can be seen working out. Hunky McShortypants can ride his bike somewhere else while the adults drive on the paved streets and highways.
“Review regulations that pertain to ridesharing options.”
Let’s force taxi companies to pay for cab licenses, have yearly inspections, and so forth, while we invite another company to hire any random slob to drive people around in his personal car with zero oversight. They’re dispatched with a phone app so it’s got to be a progressive move!
“The community needs to alleviate existing and prevent new areas of blight.”
Here’s the nugget they hid in the document! “A land bank is one instrument by which communities can purchase and clean up blighted properties to prepare them for eventual reuse.” Ohh, no. They aren’t buying anything. They’re going to fine them into submission and then seize the property they want to redistribute.
Some other random goals they have:
“Monitor growth along the Oconee River Greenway to discourage incompatible land uses.”
“Seek funding for additional phases of the Oconee River Greenway.”
Price tag: 50 MILLION dollars. They sure think a lot of what’s basically some grass next to the river. They’re pouring huge sums into it for what? They need to increase law enforcement presence where they are first. Some parts of the Greenway are dangerously isolated.
“Construct a community swimming pool or splash pad.”
It wouldn’t be a $2 million expense if they hadn’t bulldozed the old one in a pre-dawn sneak attack.
“Pursue additional funding to create more staff positions to ensure adequate enforcement of county codes.”
And you wondered how one person would enforce the IPMC?