published Monday, August 8th, 2011

Walker County to hold ‘Vision’ meetings to shape 20-year plan

by Andy Johns

Walker County residents have two chances this week to shape the way their county will look in 20 years.

Officials from the county as well as the cities of Chickamauga, LaFayette, Lookout Mountain and Rossville will host “Visioning Workshops” on Tuesday and Thursday, seeking public input in their 20-year joint comprehensive plan.

“Without a plan, which way do we go? We’ve got to have a plan,” said Rossville Mayor Johnny Baker. “It’s not something to draw dust on a shelf.”

The workshops will be used to gather residents’ ideas on which way the county should go.

Similar plans in other counties have looked at what resources the county needs to promote, where growth should occur and what quality-of-life factors need to be preserved.

Baker said much of the early discussion for Walker County’s plan has centered on taking advantage of tourism at historic sites within its boundaries.

Chickamauga Mayor Ray Crowder said he hoped for a strong showing at both meetings. “We always have a few that show up,” he said. “We’re always up for their input.”

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

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