Client: Banks County
Location: Banks Crossing, Georgia
Status: Completed in 2012
Plan follows Georgia Redevelopment Act requirements
Redevelopment Plan to guide public investments in transportation, economic growth, infrastructure, and open space
Detailed concept studies developed with property owner input for key sites
Zoning updates developed to implement the plan
In recent decades, Banks Crossing has become an important business center for Banks County and the surrounding area. Nevertheless, a number of vacant properties and buildings, as well as some aesthetic challenges, meant that a redevelopment plan was necessary to help the area reach its full potential. Interstate access and a significant retail base were key assets on which the plan was built.The Banks Crossing Redevelopment Plan is an ambitious but implementable plan to transform the Banks Crossing area. Recommendations focus on how to enhance property values and create jobs through streetscape improvements, form-based zoning, a more coordinated marketing and branding effort, and key investments in public space, new street connections, and improved access management.Public projects were conservatively identified to leverage private investment with limited funds. All recommendations were based on detailed input from the community and key property owners, as well as a detailed market analysis, to ensure that they were feasible. Several public meetings allowed for detailed input.