Cherokee County Awarded for City Planning Innovation

At its annual conference, Georgia Chapter of APA (the American Planning Association) recently recognized Cherokee County and its cities for their innovation in planning.

The Innovation in Planning award recognizes “a specific planning tool, practice, program, project, or process that is a significant advancement to specific elements of planning… [and] the category emphasizes results and demonstrates how innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices helped implement a plan,” according to the APA’s website.

Cherokee’s project was its Growth Boundary Initiative, a large-scale coordination by the county to work with its cities’ leadership to update long-expired growth boundary agreements. These agreements provide guidance on where a county’s cities will grow.

Waleska, a city in Cherokee County, was also recognized with the GPA’s Outstanding Planning Document for its Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

The Council congratulates Jeff Morton (County Manager), Brantley Day (Community Development Director), their teams, and county leadership for their collaboration and results.