The Macon Action Plan, originally published in October 2015, is back for a five-year update. Since the completion of the first plan for Macon’s Urban Core, Downtown has seen $5 million in foundation grants, and over $400 million of additional public and private investment in Downtown. Eighty percent of the strategies from the original plan have been implemented.
The Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority [UDA], the City of Macon, and their partners are undertaking this REFRESH of the original plan, looking at what’s next for Downtown Macon over the next five years. To jumpstart this process, a new Downtown Challenge is opening on January 22, 2020. Click here for more details.
Thank you, thank you to everyone who read the Draft Macon Action Plan! We appreciate all of the positive feedback, as well as your thoughtful comments and suggestions for strengthening our plan. We are happy to announce that the roadmap for the future of Macon’s Urban Core has been edited to reflect the last round of community input, and MAP is now complete! Next up? Implementation… ready, set, ACTION!
Macon Action Plan (MAP) is a comprehensive, community-driven, plan that envisions the future of Macon’s Urban Core. The Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority received generous grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Peyton Anderson Foundation to fund this effort to plan for our collective future. Facilitated by the Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority, Macon-Bibb County, and their partners, MAP is our roadmap to guide change and decision making in coming years.
The original Macon Action Plan was approved in October 2015. It summarized a year-long planning process, and because the A in MAP is for Action, the MAP movement began with a running start towards implementing the plan’s recommendations. With funding for many of the projects provided by the Peyton Anderson Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – each organization providing $1.5 million in support – and the dedication of the Urban Development Authority and its partners, 95 of the over 120 recommended strategies have either been completed or are underway.
Why are we working on a plan for Macon's "Urban Core"?
The "Urban Core" refers to Downtown Macon and nearby neighborhoods. The urban core is where the City was first established, and it remains a center of employment, entertainment, and institutions, as well as home to a collection of historic and diverse neighborhoods and communities. The urban core is the heart of Macon.
The heart of Macon, GA is built on a legacy of historic buildings...
MAP unites neighbors and stakeholders under a cohesive vision, create a roadmap for future redevelopment in Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and showcase our city as a prime opportunity for reinvestment. MAP contains strategies to realize the full potential of the heart of Macon by maximizing private investment, sustaining the historic mix of land uses, and connecting people with each other in a beautiful place to live, work, and play. YOU are a critical part of establishing a shared vision and roadmap for the future of Macon’s urban core.
A is for Action
The A in MAP is for Action, now. Indeed, positive change is afoot in Macon’s urban core, and it’s that change that the Macon Action Plan builds upon. Current efforts by Macon-Bibb County elected officials and agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, institutions, and individual community members, alike, are already turning inspiration into reality, implementing ideas from previous planning efforts and introducing new ideas that the community stands behind.
Macon Action Plan at work already!
Check out the recent tree well plantings on Cherry Street.