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Forsyth residents: Your input is needed

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The success of long-range planning for Forsyth depends upon participation by residents and Village trustees. That was the message Jan. 26 when Mike Hoffman of Teska Associates Inc. presented Planning & Zoning Commission members with an introduction and overview of the yearlong project his firm has been hired to complete. Teska has been charged with developing a new comprehensive plan and unified development ordinance for the Village.

Hoffman said he will work “…to set the stage for the next 10-20 years [in Forsyth] and to take a fresh look at the Village” but needs the entire community to contribute time by attending and participating in at least one of two hour-long sessions: Feb. 23 and March 22, both at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall. At that time, Hoffman will present goals, objectives and a vision for the community while inviting those in attendance to share their own thoughts in group workshops. “This is where the brainstorming, facilitated, takes place,” said Village Administrator Heather Kimmons.

Hoffman completed a community assessment of the Village compiled from field reconnaissance, community tours, interviews and background research. A key component in the overall comprehensive planning process, Hoffman said, is an online survey to gauge community attitudes. The brief survey is accessible at www.teskaassociates.com/Forsyth/ or directly from the Village’s homepage, www.forsythvillage.us. To date, there have been only a handful of respondents. The link also allows residents to make comments on a map of the Village, such as noting trouble spots that need attention.

Kimmons said she was very encouraged by Teska’s community assessment. “It reaffirms that we have something to be proud of with this community…[and] some astute suggestions for improvement were made,” she said.

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