Thomasville Planning Department Earns Recognition

| October 20, 2014

city-of-thomasville-logoTHOMASVILLE -– The City of Thomasville’s Planning Department has received the American Planning Association of Georgia award for Outstanding Planning Process, Small Community for the Creative District Plan and community charrette which they led earlier this year. The award was presented to the Planning Department during the APAG’s annual conference.

Brian Herrmann, planner II for the City of Thomasville, said that it is an honor to have been selected by the APAG as an award recipient.

“We were competing with Planning Departments all across Georgia for this designation,” he said. “The fact that we were chosen really speaks to the amount of time and hard work that our staff put in to making this event such a success.”

Planning Department - 10-2014The three-day charrette, which served as an intensive, public visioning workshop, was hosted by the Planning Department, in conjunction with City of Thomasville Main Street and Tourism, Thomasville Community Landmarks and Thomasville Center for the Arts.

The creative district is conceived and organized on the premise that cultural and artistic experiences have the power to breathe new life into communities and transform cities. The proposed district is bound by Madison Street to the north, Monroe Street to the east, the railroad tracks to the south, and Washington Street to the west.

“After three days of round table discussions, group planning activities and tons of conceptual renderings, we were left with exactly what we wanted to achieve; the Creative District Visioning Plan,” said Herrmann. “We had a tremendous amount of engagement from the community, with over 120 citizens participating in the charrette.”

The charrette yielded a publicly inspired vision for the culturally and environmentally unique area that will serve as the proposed creative district.

Herrmann said that the process itself served to galvanize the citizens of Thomasville, providing a creative and highly interactive means for residents to involve themselves in local planning.

“Even more significant than the trailhead project itself, the charrette helped to ignite a stronger ‘sense of place’ for the area. It catalyzed new programs, activities, and a more cohesive district identity, resulting in events such as a Downtown 4th of July fireworks celebration and the recent Flaunt ‘Pop-Up’ event,” he said.

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