Wednesday night, residents in Waynesboro had another chance to come out and discuss their vision for the future of the city.
The new town center is a perfect example of new development coming to Waynesboro. City planner Jim Shaw says this, along with helping struggling areas bring in business, is a chief concern among residents.
He says, "The traffic impact from development, the quality of development, what development looks like in our community, as well as redevelopment issues and downtown is a recurring theme and also other parts of the city where there are redevelopment opportunities."
An outside firm, Land Design, has come in to evaluate the city. One of the suggestions it's made is to address traffic concerns.
Shaw says, "They're going to suggest there may be new roadways needed. Basically, we need to learn to bypass a commercial corridor like Rosser Avenue.”
Shaw says the firm also would like to concentrate efforts on the downtown area to make it more community friendly. But he says residents shouldn't worry that plans will be made without their input. That's what this meeting is all about.
"We're going to be taking their ideas and trying to then try and craft a plan based on community vision and community preferences," says Shaw.