A Placemaking Menu was developed as an initial effort to establish community identify for South Forsyth. This document is intended to inspire citizens, developers and the county to focus on the creation of destinations and places that will promote a sense of belonging. It is a collaborative and flexible guidebook for the community and is the precursor to an upcoming branding initiative.
Forsyth County hosted an open house on January 22, 2020 in order to receive feedback on preliminary design standards for commercial development as well as refinements of the South Forsyth marketing brand system. The design standards specifically focus on non-residential uses along commercial corridors, which include building and site design requirements. The branding portion of the project focuses on marketing recommendations to help identify the area and foster community connections. The next upcoming open house will be held on February 24, 2020 at Sharon Forks Public Library (2820 Old Atlanta Rd.) from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
In September 2019, a three day design workshop was held to gather input related to enhancing a sense of identity for the southeastern portion of the county. The branding portion of the South Forsyth design initiative will include a logo and tagline as well as other marketing recommendations to help identify the area. These recommendations will help support a brand style as part of a larger placemaking initiative currently underway.
Below are value statements based on input shared at the workshop concerning what participants love about their place, South Forsyth. These statements are intended to set the tone of the design and marketing focus.
We are South Forsyth
We are South Forsyth
Our Community. Our Home.
The September design workshop also presented an opportunity to receive input from residents, business and property owners with an interest in commercial design within the Southeast Forsyth community. Feedback on commercial design was gathered from a visual preference survey as shown above. Initial impressions concerning commercial design input from workshop participants were communicated back to attendees via a brief slideshow presentation also provided above, which will inform a preliminary draft that is currently underway.
Stay tuned for future public meetings. We look forward to your continued participation and input. For more information, please contact: Vanessa Bernstein-Goldman, AICP - firstname.lastname@example.org
Residential design standards for the South Forsyth area were adopted on August 1, 2019 and became effective on December 6, 2019: Southeast Forsyth Design Standards