Online Engagement Goals

Community engagement and input are the most foundational part of the North Downtown Athens Planning process. We kicked off the planning process with stellar stakeholder meetings and two great community workshops in February but had to pause in March. Even though we may have to physically distance ourselves these days, collaboration can still continue! Online surveys, focus group virtual meetings and small in-person group surveying will allow for the community and residents to continue to be involved in the planning process until we can all meet in person again. Please sign up for our email newsletter to stay involved and be notified of all input opportunities. If you just want to share thoughts, feel free to contact us directly via email or phone.










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Community input Open House

Drop in to our Community Input Open House October 11th or 12th to see the Conceptual Plans for North Downtown and provide your thoughts.


The Open House will present two distinct conceptual plans on how to connect multi-use paths, manage stormwater, integrate parks, redevelop housing and shopping and more. Please spend 30 minutes with us at your convenience anytime this Sunday October 11th from 2:30pm to 5:30pm at the Lay Park Community Center, or Monday October 12th from noon to 6pm at Lay Park playground area. We will have tents and social distancing/masks are required.


Our next steps will be to integrate community feedback from these open houses and develop a single plan for the North Downtown area. Your feedback is important!

Who:    Bethel residents, College & Hoyt residents, Athens community members

What:   Community Input Open House - North Downtown Athens Planning Study/Bethel Redevelopment


When:  October 11, 2:30 - 5:30 PM

             October 12, 12:00 - 6:00 PM


Where: October 11 – Lay Park Community Center (297 Hoyt Street)

             October 12 – Lay Park Playground (297 Hoyt Street)


Please take our current survey below about traffic along College Avenue. If you missed one, have no fear, you can always go back and take any survey at any time by clicking on the past surveys. We ask that you tell a friend and help us reach more people!

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