(Cleveland)- City and County officials held a public information meeting Thursday night in Cleveland to give White County residents an opportunity to see the latest version of a Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Paddle Plan for the area.

Those attending the information session at the White County Senior Center were able to review a 48-page document of the plan as well as maps of the proposed recreation ideas. The latest version of the plan represents an update of an original plan developed in  2011 which was created to reflect the latest conditions and resources available to the communities, as well as revising select goals and opportunities. Officials say the plan will serve as the guide for each local government and partnering agencies to use that can help ensure coordination, maximization of resources, and the highest degree of connectivity possible for all of White County.

The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission assisted in the development of the plan and Joe Rothwell, Regional Planner with GMRC said they appreciated all the community input, “ this is a culmination of more than two years of work working of the 2011 creating a series of bike pad waterway network ideas to better the county to better the cities and create opportunities for growth and recreation. So we will continue to work on this and take feedback, commented Rothwell.

In addition to those attending Thursday’s meeting online input was conducted and Rothwell said residents from Cleveland, Sautee Nacoochee, Helen, and White County participated. The goals that were presented during the meeting were based on public input and helped provide a vision for future bicycle and pedestrian networking.

Rothwell said if you were unable to attend the information session you can still provide input. He said, “You can reach out to John Sell, to Tom O’Bryant to myself at the Georgia Mountain Regional Commission, but it’s a living document if they take a look at the draft see something we missed see something they would like to suggest  most definitely reach out to us  so that we can make sure that it as great a plan as it can be.”

You can view the plan here  

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