(JUNE 18, 2024) — Public input periods for two separate plans will close at the end of the month.

Cherokee County has been seeking public input for the Greenways & Trails Master Plan and the Wildcat small area and transportation plan since May. Both surveys will close June 30.

Greenways & Trails Master Plan

Last November, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners engaged Gresham Smith for professional services to create the first-ever countywide Greenways & Trails Master Plan. The goal of the plan is to establish an intentional and cohesive approach to identifying potential locations for future trails, prioritizing trail connections and allocating funding for new projects with the cities and adjacent counties to develop the network. Two in-person public input sessions, as well as a virtual option, were held in May.

An online survey and interactive map activity will remain available through June 30. As of June 17, over 150 surveys have been completed for the project. Public participation additionally includes 50 pins provided on the interactive map and over 200 up/down votes provided on the pinned items.

“This is a community wide effort for connectivity and recreation in Cherokee County, and it is important that the public who uses these facilities tell us what they’d like to see,” said Community Services Agency Director Bryan Reynolds. “Thank you to everyone who already has participated. We encourage those who have not had a chance to engage with the project to do so before the June 30 deadline.”

A link to access the survey and interactive map activity is available at www.cherokeega.com/community-services or www.cherokeega.com/planning-and-zoning.

Wildcat Sixes Project

A multi-jurisdictional initiative to alleviate traffic congestion and bring quality commercial development to the I-575 and Sixes Road interchange area is nearing its initial public input phase.

Last year, Cherokee County entered into agreements with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, and the cities of Woodstock and Holly Springs to conduct a traffic study and develop an area transportation plan around the interchange, as well as the adjacent stretch of Holly Springs Parkway. In February, the county engaged Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. to work with stakeholders, solicit public input, conduct the traffic study and create the plan.

An open house to kick off the public input portion of the project was held in May with the online survey launching following that meeting. The survey opportunity was extended until June 30. As of June 17, 450 surveys had been completed.

The parcels associated with the Wildcat Sixes Road Project face spatial constraints as they are bordered by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land, the Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery and the Georgia Northeastern Railroad. The land is within the Wildcat Character Area of the 2023 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which represents major employment areas, including professional and corporate offices, regional offices, and medical complexes. The land is divided among Woodstock, Holly Springs and unincorporated Cherokee County.

To access the survey and to view updates of the project, visit wildcat.cherokeega.com.

ABOUT CHEROKEE COUNTY

Located 30 miles north of downtown Atlanta, Cherokee County is part of the 11-county metro-Atlanta area. Cherokee County boasts a population of more than 286,000, according to the July 2023 Census estimates. It is the one of the fastest growing counties in the metro region and its overall Board of Commissioners-controlled tax burden per capita is one of the lowest in the region.  Cherokee County has award-winning parks and recreational facilities, is a destination for corporate headquarters and is a great place to live, work and play. Cherokee County is the best of both worlds because it’s where “Metro Meets the Mountains.” Learn more at cherokeega.com.

Media Contact: Erika Neldner

Communications Director

678-493-6015

ebneldner@cherokeecountyga.gov