Douglasville Mayor and City Council Set 2020 Goals and Objectives
Mayor Rochelle Robinson and the Douglasville City Council held their annual Strategic Planning Session on February 7th and 8th. The session was moderated by Mara O. Shaw of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Over the course of the two-day meeting, the Mayor and Council established new goals and priorities for calendar year 2020. The focus being on moving current projects forward and setting Douglasville up for success throughout the new decade.
Portions of the session focused on internal operations of the City and how the organization can continue its positive trajectory. Training options for staff, City board members, and elected officials were explored to ensure that everyone is aware of best municipal practices. A discussion was held regarding internal fee audits of zoning and sanitation fees. Finally, the City intends on exploring the costs and benefits of renewing their current agreement allowing City property taxes to be billed and collected by the County Tax Commissioner.
“Maintaining a fiscally responsible Douglasville is always a top priority of the Council,” Mayor Rochelle Robinson explained. “Aside from that, it is important to look inward to see what we, as an organization, need to do to improve our already great services and amenities.”
The Council spoke at great length about the types of amenities and improvements they would like to see made in the upcoming year. Examples include smart cities initiatives, an update in zoning and development, park improvements, and an expanded focus on public/private partnerships for City projects.
In terms of zoning, the redevelopment of the Old Mill and Old Jail properties were on the top of the list. The City will work to develop and adopt zoning overlay districts and guidelines to support redevelopment of the two properties. A Master Plan for the Old Jail property will be developed that includes the Tax Allocation District (TAD) policies and the role the City will have in the redevelopment plan.
The Council also asked staff to identify the best method of operations for the Amphitheater and green space that will be built in the Old Jail property. This will include creating policies for both public and private use of the space and how, and by whom those uses will be managed.
“The main focus of the City Council for the Amphitheater is its success,” Mayor Robinson explained. “We want to be certain we do our due diligence to ensure it is run correctly so residents and visitors can enjoy it from day one.”
City Manager Marcia Hampton concluded by reiterating the importance of the retreat. “These discussions are vital to the operation of the City. It provides staff with the direction we need to take in 2020 and beyond. Having this dialogue clarifies where we are now and where we need to be by this time next year.”
Regular City Council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month, while their Legislative Work sessions take place on the Thursday prior to the Regular Meeting. To view future City Council meeting agendas and dates, visit the City’s website at www.DouglasvilleGA.gov/agendas.