Macon's urban core is changing in exciting ways. New lofts are attracting more Downtown residents. New retail and restaurants are repopulating storefronts, generating foot traffic and making Downtown buzz with activity. Streetscape improvements now underway on Cherry and 2nd Streets will make the urban core more walkable and beautiful, a perfect backdrop for new placemaking initiatives that will celebrate and build community within the urban core's unique public realm.
Amidst this positive change and momentum, the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority [UDA], the City of Macon, and their partners are undertaking a comprehensive planning process to envision the future for Downtown and intown neighborhoods and guide change moving forward.
The Macon Action Plan [MAP] invites all members of the public to help shape this plan for Macon's urban core. The plan's success depends first on your input and ideas, and ultimately upon a committed group of local stakeholders dedicated to making the Macon Action Plan our reality. Please get involved and stay involved!
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The Macon Action Plan [MAP] is in its first phase. The planning team is busy learning about Macon’s urban core, both past and present. They are talking to stakeholders and taking notes, conducting research and making maps.
A comprehensive analysis of economic development, housing, transportation and parking, land use, open space, infrastructure, and other topics is necessary to identify the key issues and opportunities facing Macon’s Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. A thorough understanding of these topics and issues will include careful examination of how they affect all of us: residents, business and property owners, employees, leaders, advocates, students, and visitors of Macon.
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 second phase of the planning process will look forward, considering what the next decade and beyond can and should bring for Macon’s urban core. MAP will unite 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 will create 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. Learn about ways to participate here.
The A in MAP is for Action, now. There’s no need to wait until the plan is complete. 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.
Why? Public input from you and your neighbors, family, and friends will form the cornerstone of the Macon Action Plan [MAP] and our collective vision for the future and roadmap to guide change in the urban core. Your creativity and participation in this forward-thinking planning process will elevate awareness and excitement about Macon and help create the best outcome for the plan. Macon needs progressive action and a progressive vision driven by those most familiar with the issues and opportunities faced by the urban core. Your local expertise is essential for proactive thinking about how best to capitalize on the local culture and assets, promote the local economy, and accommodate new investment.