The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee sponsored a Survey of Athens-Clarke County. The survey instrument itself was tuned to gather information from the community defining the community's vision, values, goals, policies, priorities, and implementation strategies. Information was collected regarding potential issues and opportunities relating to the Comprehensive Plan, particularly population, economic development, natural and cultural resources, community services, housing, land use, transportation, and intergovernmental coordination.
The Mayor and Commission, Planning Commission, and Steering Committee met on Monday, June 11, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of 120 West Dougherty Street to review the draft of the survey report, Citizen Attitudes about the Present and Future of Athens-Clarke County. Richard L. Clark, Public Service Assistant with the Survey Research Unit of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, gave a presentation on his findings.
This survey captured results that statistically reflect the population of Athens-Clarke County in terms of geography, age, racial background, and income level through survey forms mailed to representative households. It also includes summary information from surveys that were completed by parents of Clarke County elementary and middle school children over the internet and from forms that were included as part of an insert into the Athens Banner Herald.