In September 2016, the Mayor and City Council created the Carrollton Corridor Development and Beautification Committee (CCDBC). The purpose of this committee is to create a plan to encourage and promote development and beautification of the major corridors leading into the City of Carrollton. This includes making recommendations for streetscape improvements, pedestrian scale building and site design standards, and economic development incentives. The first area of study for the committee was Bankhead Highway. Over the past 12 months, the committee developed the framework for the Bankhead Highway Corridor Overlay Plan.
During the October 2017 Mayor and City Council meeting, members from the CCDBC presented an executive summary of their work plan for the previous year. This plan extended across five areas of research and includes activities such as a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis and a transportation study with regard to lane reduction and the installation of sidewalks and bike lanes. It also includes potential economic development incentives for redevelopment projects and drafting of new design standards for the corridor.
Councilmembers Rory Wojcik and Met Lane serve as sponsors for the CCDBC. Other members of the committee include property owners and business owners, both commercial and residential real estate professionals, bankers, economic development specialists, and construction project managers. Community organizations, such as the Carrollton City School Board and the Carroll County Commission, are also participating in the planning work for the Bankhead Highway Corridor Overlay. “I am very pleased with the work of our committee,” states Met Lane. “It really becomes a grassroots effort when we have the opportunity to involve so many stakeholders and experts in a project like this. Bankhead Highway serves as our gateway, and I look forward to making improvements to attract new business to this part of town.”
During the council meeting, conceptual renderings of Bankhead Highway were presented showing new buildings infilling existing underutilized parking lots and the installation of bike lanes, sidewalks, and street trees along the roadway. “Communities are either growing or they’re dying. Altogether, we are building a plan for sustainable and deliberate growth that will continue the success of our downtown by extending our main street,” Wojcik adds. “This will activate underutilized commercial property and create jobs. These business incentives will give the market the tools to adapt and succeed. Partnering with private investment will ensure the successful revitalization of which we can be proud.”
The committee will host a town hall meeting on October 17th. Additionally, a visual preference survey where photographs are used to determine preferences for various types of community design, streetscapes, and architectural styles, will be made available online beginning October 9th.
For questions concerning this matter, please call Erica Studdard, Community Development Director at City Hall (770) 830-2000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org