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Posted on: October 26, 2021

Lawrenceville City Council Approves Downtown Master Plan Update

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Five-year plan ensures growth and expansion of vibrant, mixed-use community core.

The Lawrenceville City Council unanimously approved the Downtown Lawrenceville Master Plan Update, funded in part by the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program. The Master Plan Update has taken a comprehensive look at Downtown Lawrenceville today and developed a plan to ensure its continued growth and expansion as a vibrant, mixed-use community core. 

“As our downtown changes and evolves through the years, it is important for us to recenter our vision and in some cases, create a new vision for Gwinnett’s county seat,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager.  “The Master Plan Update is a roadmap for the community as we work to resolve challenges and create new opportunities to benefit the City of Lawrenceville.”    

The Master Plan Update focuses on land uses, placemaking opportunities, economic development, market realities, and mobility, connectivity and transportation improvements. Opportunity areas identified for LCI boundary expansion include:

  • Redevelopment Opportunities around Central Gwinnett High School
  • College Corridor & Depot Development
  • Redevelopment Opportunities around Paper Mill Road
  • Redevelopment Opportunities along Grayson Highway

Elements of the Downtown Master Plan are a direct result of the public engagement activities conducted throughout the process, which began in December 2020.  A combination of community education and collaboration guided the planning process through a variety of engagement opportunities, including activities on the project website, interactive public meetings, and Core Team meetings.   

The plan outlines four planning principles to guide Lawrenceville’s policies, program, and projects, which include:

  • Foster a connected and safe multi-modal environment
  • Expand retail, office and housing options
  • Preserve Lawrenceville’s character through placemaking initiatives
  • Create a Downtown for all ages

The final piece of the plan discusses implementation and envisions Downtown Lawrenceville in 5-10 years.  An action plan outlines next steps related to land use, housing, transportation, and placemaking.  The Downtown Master Plan Update serves as a foundation for decision making as the City of Lawrenceville considers policy changes, development proposals, capital improvements, and infrastructure investment.   

“The City Council and I are grateful to the community volunteers, contractors, and staff who have spent almost a year dedicated to completing this task with excellence and look forward to sharing the final document with the public,” said Mayor David Still.  “The support of all those invested in the community will ultimately make elements of this plan a reality.”

The Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a grant program through the Atlanta Regional Commission promoting walkability, healthy lifestyles, access to jobs, and increased mobility options in local jurisdictions.   For additional information, visit their website or social media platforms.  The draft version of the Downtown Master Plan Update document is currently available at https://lville.city/master-plan2021.  A final version will be posted on the city website very soon.  For additional information on the City of Lawrenceville, please follow the city’s social media platforms.

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