Stone Mountain 2021 Comprehensive Plan Update

One of the fundamental responsibilities of local government is planning – a word used to describe how a community shapes and guides its future growth, development, and identity. Updating the comprehensive plan offers the community the opportunity to look beyond the execution of day-to-day services and consider where they want to be in the future, as well as what needs to be done to get there.

Check back here regularly to get up-to-date information about the City of Stone Mountain's 2021 Comprehensive Plan Update process and to participate in engagement opportunities to help shape the plan.

Draft Plan for Review

The first draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update was discussed in a public hearing at the September 21, 2021 meeting of Stone Mountain's City Council. That document and the public hearing discussion led to the development of the second draft, which will be submitted to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for state review by the end of September. The second draft is available online for review at this link. The public is encouraged to submit any comments on the draft to ChaQuias Miller-Thornton, City Manager, via email at [email protected].

Survey

As an initial step, we developed survey tool to gather public input on Stone Mountain's assets, challenges, and priorities for the future. The survey was open from April 22-July 6. Results are below.

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What are the three (3) strongest assets in Stone Mountain currently?

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What are the three (3) biggest challenges facing Stone Mountain currently?

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What are three (3) words or phrases you would use to describe Stone Mountain to someone unfamiliar with the community?

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Quality of life can be defined as the standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by an individual or group. How would you rate the quality of life that you experience in Stone Mountain ?

Average
52%
High
25%
Low
23%
Closed to responses | 75 Responses

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What places in Stone Mountain are most important to you? (e.g., local businesses, parks, places of worship, community centers, buildings, etc.)

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Use this map to point out the places in Stone Mountain that are most important to you. (e.g., local businesses, parks, places of worship, community centers, buildings, etc.)

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What are the most significant natural and environmental resources in the area? (Natural and environmental resources can include bodies of water, wildlife and wildlife habitat, forests, undeveloped land, etc.)

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How would you characterize the pace of development in Stone Mountain in recent years?

Too slow
89%
Just right
6%
No opinion
5%
Too fast
0%
Closed to responses | 65 Responses

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Where do you think new development should be focused or located in Stone Mountain?

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How do you perceive the supply/amount of the following housing types in Stone Mountain?

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How do you perceive the following aspects of the City's transportation system?

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Are there any locations in the City that you feel are particularly dangerous for pedestrians or bicyclists? Please list specific intersections or areas – and what makes the area dangerous (e.g., traffic, traffic signals, lack of crosswalks, quality of road surface, etc.).

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What is your primary reason for visiting downtown Stone Mountain (select all that apply)

Restaurants
77%
Events/Entertainment/Nightlife
44%
Shopping
27%
Government Services
19%
Business/Banking
16%
Other
15%
Closed to responses | 62 Responses

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What do you think is the top project or improvement that could be made to downtown Stone Mountain?

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If desired, please use the space below to list anything else you would like to be considered in future planning efforts for Stone Mountain that was not covered by the previous survey questions.

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Which of the following statements apply to you? (select all that apply)

I am a resident of Stone Mountain
83%
I work in Stone Mountain
21%
I own a business located in Stone Mountain
20%
Other
5%
Closed to responses | 66 Responses

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If you are a resident of Stone Mountain, how long have you lived in the city?

More than 20 years
32%
More than 1 year but fewer than 5 years
19%
More than 5 years but fewer than 10 years
15%
More than 10 years but fewer than 20 years
15%
Less than 1 year
14%
Not applicable
5%
Closed to responses | 59 Responses

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What is your age?

60 or older
42%
50-59
25%
40-49
14%
30-39
13%
21-29
6%
17 or younger
0%
18-20
0%
Closed to responses | 64 Responses

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What race do you identify as?

Multiple races
Asian
Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish
Black or African-American
White
American Indian or Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Not listed
I prefer not to answer
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What is your gender identity?

Female
44%
Male
35%
I prefer not to answer
17%
Non-binary
3%
Not listed
0%
Closed to responses | 63 Responses

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What best describes your housing status?

I am a homeowner
89%
I am a renter
6%
I prefer not to answer
3%
Not listed
2%
I am a dependent
0%
Closed to responses | 65 Responses

Schedule

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Steering Committee Meeting #1

February 23, 2021 at 4:00 PM (online)

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Steering Committee Meeting #2

May 3, 2021 at 3:30 PM (online)

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Public Engagement Opportunity - Virtual Open House

June 17, 2021 at 5:00 PM (online)

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Public Engagement Opportunity - Online Survey

Online survey open from April 22 through July 6. See "Welcome & Survey" tab on this project website.

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Steering Committee Meeting #3

August 12, 2021 at 4:00 PM (online)

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Transmittal Hearing

September 21, 2021 at 6:30 PM

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Review, Approval, and Adoption

DCA Review and Approval: Complete

Adoption: Oct. 28, 2021 at 6:00 PM