Growth Limits Agreement Approved by Woodstock, Cherokee County

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WOODSTOCK, GA – Cooperative Growth is commemorated with the first growth limit agreement approval in nearly 20 years.

The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved the memorandum of understanding on April 11, and the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the agreement on April 19.

The Growth Boundary Agreement is a document that defines and limits a city’s future growth. Although not legally binding, the city generally agrees to limit its annexations to areas within the boundaries, and the county generally agrees not to oppose annexations. Executive and planning officials from both sides have met extensively over the past few months and agreed to implement the program to better manage growth and serve all citizens.

“This joint growth limits agreement represents a historic milestone in the relationship between our city and our county. We are proactively working together to plan for growth before it happens, ensuring that we build our community for the benefit of all of our citizens,” said Woodstock Mayor Michael. said Caldwell. “I’m proud that every party has come together to achieve this generational victory.”

“Cooperation between the city and the county is essential to effectively manage the overall growth and development of our county. This agreement with Woodstock is a big step towards that goal. I am grateful to Mayor Caldwell, the Woodstock City Council and the district and county commissioners for their work in making this happen,” said Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Harry Johnston.

With the approval of the Growth Limit Agreement, which expires in June 2028, Woodstock and Cherokee County have relaunched a program that guides sensible growth and aligns character areas. The document will be used when Woodstock and Cherokee County update their respective Comprehensive Land Use Plans, which are required to receive grants and other funding from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Woodstock’s growth boundary encompasses an area generally around the current city limits. On the south and east sides, the areas extend to the county lines with Cobb and Fulton, south of Highway 92 and the Little River, respectively. The lack of bridges over the Little River limits the county’s ability to provide public safety services in this area. On the west side, the area abuts Putnam Ford Drive and includes frontage along Highway 92 that extends more or less to Hartwood Drive, about a third of a mile from Bells Ferry Road. On the north side the area abuts the town of Holly Springs, mostly following the Little River and Arnold Mill Road, coming to a corner on the east side with Trickum Road.

Cherokee County leaders will continue to work on similar agreements with other cities. A growth delineation agreement with Canton is already in place, with a 2053 expiration. Plans to update the agreement are underway, and county staff and elected leaders are working on agreements with Holly Springs and Ball. Ground.

“We had a growth limit deal with Canton that worked well for years. Now we have that deal with Woodstock, and we have a concept deal with Holly Springs,” Johnston said. “These advancements go a long way in securing the future quality of life in Cherokee County.”

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