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The Forsyth Transportation Plan defines the vision for the transportation network in Forsyth County. All modes of transportation (i.e. cars, trucks, biking, walking, and transit) will be considered and assessed as they exist today and by using growth projections to the year 2040. The plan will develop short-term and long-term solutions for transportation needs based on the level of overall need, available funding, and stakeholder and community input.

This plan will address connections between land use and transportation, giving consideration to the ability of recommendations to support the Forsyth Comprehensive Plan. Modeling scenarios will be developed to test various land use and employment assumptions and how they will potentially affect the transportation network.

The project recommendations will be used as building blocks for the next county SPLOST program. In addition, they will provide input into the overall long range transportation plan for the Atlanta region developed by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

THE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROCESS

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INVENTORY OF EXISTING CONDITIONS

The Inventory of Existing Conditions report is the first step in the CTP planning process.

The main goal of this first planning phase is to document conditions as they are in the present.

Areas of analysis include county demographics, population, employment, travel patterns, roadway congestion, active transportation, existing land use, future land use, and transit. The Inventory will also include a progress report with details on implementation rates of projects recommended in the 2011 Forsyth Transportation Plan.

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ASSESSMENT OF CURRENT AND FUTURE NEEDS

The second phase of the planning process is an Assessment of Current and Future Needs.

This report will assess the ability of the Forsyth County transportation network to meet community transportation needs now and in the future. Future needs will be determined based on the existence, capacity, condition, and effectiveness of existing infrastructure and services to meet forecast demands, accommodate future growth, and protect natural and cultural resources. The analysis will address the need to improve or utilize transportation facilities during the planning period in a way that will preserve the existing system, provide a safe and efficient transportation network, and enhance mobility and accessibility.

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RECOMMENDATIONS

The third phase of the CTP planning process is Recommendations. Based on the needs identified in the second phase, the project team will recommend solutions in the form of projects, policies and programs.

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FINAL PLAN

The final plan document brings all of the phases together to create a usable action plan. The recommendations will be vetted through a prioritization methodology, including input from the public and elected officials. The prioritized projects will then be separated into financially constrained implementation phases (short range, medium range, and long range). The short range phase will become the implementation action plan for the county.