City of Suwanee Recognized for Successful Planning and Implementation with Renewed PlanFirst Designation
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs presented the City of Suwanee with a renewed PlanFirst designation at the monthly City Council meeting on November 13. The commendation is awarded to communities that demonstrate an established pattern of successfully implementing their local comprehensive plan.
The City of Suwanee was among the first group of ten communities to obtain the PlanFirst designation in 2015. Currently there are 24 designated communities which have been recognized for excellence in community planning; Suwanee is the only city in Gwinnett County that has earned this designation.
“Good planning sets the stage for economic growth,” said Christopher Nunn, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. “Our PlanFirst communities serve as statewide models for others in how to actively and strategically implement a vision for the future.”
PlanFirst communities are required to address four primary program criteria focused on having a proven record of plan implementation success: goals, leadership, community participation, and implementation. The designation is for three years and enables these communities to take advantage of various incentives that include public recognition, eligibility for specified grant opportunities, and certain reduced interest loans.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs developed the PlanFirst program with a steering committee comprised of partners including the Georgia Municipal Association, Association County Commissioners of Georgia, the Georgia Planning Association, the Regional Commissions, and the University of Georgia Archways program, and other state agencies including the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, the Historic Preservation Division, and Environmental Protection Division. For more information, please visit www.dca.ga.gov.