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Posted: June 19, 2011 12:30 a.m.

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Oxford to host regional development meeting


A comprehensive regional development plan for Newton County and northeast Georgia will be the subject of a stakeholder hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Oxford City Hall.


Planners with the Northeast Georgia Regional Planning Commission will conduct the session on its Plan 2035, a guide on managing growth and development in the 12-county district through the year 2035. The plan covers all facets of life. The Thursday meeting is an informational session for stakeholders such as local governments, chambers of commerce and economic developers and environmental groups, according to John Devine, a senior planner with the Athens-based commission.

Stakeholders will receive an overview of the plan, then participants will break into groups to discuss concerns. Representatives from the groups will in turn present their concerns and vision for the region to the overall group.

The Oxford session is the first of three, according to Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry.

The goal is to have a final draft in November and to adopt a plan in January 2012.

The regional assessment projects a 250 percent increase in the region's population from 1990 levels to 2035, with a population of 1.15 million in the region by 2035. The population will also be older, with residents age 65 and older expected to increase 6.4 percent while those age 20 and younger is projected to decrease by 4.6 percent.

The northeast Georgia region includes Newton, Jasper, Morgan, Walton, Barrow, Oconee, Greene, Oglethorpe, Clarke, Jackson, Madison and Elbert counties.


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