The City of Suwanee has two primary vision statements which are both compatible and informed by the other:
The first is found within the community-wide strategic plan, which is a resident-driven vision for the future. This vision plan was a result of dialogue between the city and citizens, weaving the many ideas and viewpoints that resulted from those conversations into one common vision for the community.
The 20/20 Vision
Suwanee of 2020 is…
Welcoming: A place that everyone of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds can call home.
Community-Focused: A unique combination of safe, friendly neighborhoods with excellent open spaces and environmental preservation, award-winning schools, and city amenities.
Vibrant: A center for arts, education, culture, and events with strong commerce and employment.
Balanced: A well-rounded community where development is a complementary mix of housing, businesses, parks, and recreation facilities that are designed to harmonize people and nature, old and new.
Connected: A community where people come together across generations and cultures and are connected to the places where they live, work, and play.
Forward-Thinking: Proactive and accessible leadership that has cultivated a strong reputation for doing things differently and created a distinctive, easily recognizable brand and image.
Engaged: A place where all citizens have a voice and are active partners in guiding the future of the city.
In 2017, the city embarked on updating its Comprehensive Plan. This city-wide plan is an important tool for guiding future decisions about where and how to manage population growth and development. The 2040 Vision Statement paints the picture of what Suwanee should be in the year 2040. It was very intentionally crafted by city staff and the 2040 Steering Committee, and vetted in public open houses throughout the planning process.
Suwanee 2040 Vision Statement
Suwanee 2040 will be a safe, fun, attractive, inclusive, evolving city with a unique, vibrant downtown that is well-connected to established neighborhoods and commercial/employment opportunities.
Neighborhoods farther from downtown will be largely suburban, while development types closer to downtown will be taller, denser and highly walkable. Town Center will be the city’s economic, social, and cultural hub. Historic Old Town will be characterized by a mixture of old and new quaint smaller scale development integrated into the existing traditional fabric. Suwanee Gateway will serve local and regional commercial and employment needs.
Established neighborhoods will continue to be an essential source of quality homes attractive to families. Art, parks, greenways, and open space will be important elements for recreation and identity. Suwanee will continue to grow in a deliberate manner that enhances the city’s varied communities and quality of life.