-The city of Athens needs a Regulating/ Zoning Plan. Development has begun to sprawl across multiple land uses in an unmitigated fashion.
-Transportation infrastructure is suffering because the development has not incorporated traffic studies and ways to mitigate increased traffic capacity on major thoroughfares such as US HWY 72.
-The impact of local and small businesses needs to be included as an asset to the city. I would appreciate less focus on chain restaurants and big box stores.
-There is no collective vision for the city. If we can develop a list planning Vision with a list of goals and objectives then vet the future developments against those goals, the city of Athens will be a better place for its residents. This creates an checks/ balances system.
As a member of the community, my biggest concern is the city’s willingness to make exceptions to local zoning regulations for “big box” corporations but not for local small business. For example, the city is willing to alter the ruling on alcohol sales for Buffalo Wild Wings but not for a small business that inquires about opening a wine shop downtown.