Last ‘One PTC’ open house Sun.
The Peachtree City Planning and Zoning Department will host the third and final “One PTC” Open House Sunday afternoon from Noon - 5 p.m. in the community room on the lower level of City Hall.
The open house is one of several avenues being used to solicit feedback from the community regarding things they like about Peachtree City and ideas they have to make Peachtree City a better place to live.
Planning & Zoning Administrator David Rast said, “Our planning approach is to simply solicit and seek as much feedback and input from the community as we can.”
At the first open house, between 60 and 80 residents commented on topics such as community aesthetics, quality of life, and future growth and development, Rast said.
“Most of those in attendance thanked us for using this approach and were excited about this process,” Rast said.
While there is a lot if information throughout the Community Room, participants can view the exhibits at their own pace and leave comments at each station.
“It was very encouraging to see everyone walking around with a pad of sticky notes and a sharpie,” Rast said. “We got some great comments and even had people commenting positively on comments of others. One of the more interesting stations was where we tried to explain where your tax dollars go. Basically, out of every tax dollar received, 63 cents goes to the Board of Education, 16 cents goes to the county, and one cent goes to the state. That leaves 20 cents for Peachtree City. We gave participants 20 pennies and asked them to show us where they would spend this money.”
Just outside the community room, staff has also created a “Wish Tree,” where participants are asked to write down one wish they have for Peachtree City and to hang it on the tree. Rast explained that the “Wish Tree” is a time-honored Japanese tradition that involves people writing a wish or a prayer on a strip of paper and tying the strip to a tree.
“In Japan, “Wish Trees” are treated with great reverence, and the wishes are allowed to remain on the tree branches until they flutter away and are, hopefully, fulfilled,” Rast said. “From a distance, the wishes resemble flower blossoms.”
Additional information pertaining to the ONE Peachtree City planning process can be found at www.oneptc.org. The city is also using social media to promote the ONE PTC process and has created a Facebook page and is encouraging residents to follow the program Twitter.
Anyone wanting to volunteer to serve on one of the upcoming Roundtable discussions or to assist in working with staff on this project is encouraged to contact Mr. Rast at 770-487-5731.