At retreat, F’ville Council to eye Pinewood services

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The Fayetteville City Council will hold its annual retreat on Feb. 25. Among the many items on the agenda for the all-day meeting are a downtown traffic analysis, service delivery in west Fayetteville, the West Fayetteville Master Plan, ideas on marketing Fayetteville and the proposed pedestrian bridge over Ga. Highway 54 at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

Council members at the retreat will hear a report on a recently completed analysis of downtown traffic.

City staff and consulting engineers met with representatives from the Ga. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to obtain feedback and direction before initiating the study. The report evaluates several options to improve traffic congestion and traffic flow along Ga. Highway 85 and Ga. Highway 54 in the downtown area, including alternating the flow of traffic along Hwy. 54 and converting Stonewall Avenue and Lanier Avenue from their current one-way status to a two-way traffic flow.

The idea of returning Stonewall Avenue and Lanier Avenue to their former two-way traffic flows was something suggested in recent years.

The retreat will also include a discussion on service delivery in the west Fayetteville area.

Fire Chief Alan Jones and Police Chief Scott Pitts will discuss public safety service delivery plans for the West Fayetteville area, including Pinewood Atlanta Studios. The discussion is expected to include capital facilities, equipment and personnel necessary to serve this area. Staff will also review current cooperative arrangements with Fayette County and discuss other potential cooperative arrangements. The discussion may, or may not, revisit the idea of combining the Fayetteville and Fayette County fire departments.

Council members at the retreat will hear an update on the West Fayetteville Master Plan.

Community Development Director Brian Wismer and representatives from Historical Concepts will provide an overview of the West Fayetteville Planned Community Development (PCD) Master Plan and “Smart Code” that will ultimately guide future development in the area.

Council will need to officially approve these documents by ordinance at a future meeting.

Another topic for the Feb. 25 retreat is one that will look at new ways to market Fayetteville.

Wismer will lead the discussion on potential rebranding and marketing concepts including a new city slogan and logo, marketing video, website enhancements and co-marketing with other agencies including the Fayette County Development Authority (FCDA).

A report on pedestrian access across Hwy. 54 at Piedmont Fayette Hospital by way of a multi-use bridge will also be discussed.

The retreat is open to the public will be held on the third floor of the old courthouse in downtown Fayetteville. The retreat will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.