The City of Woodstock was recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs with the agency’s 2021 PlanFirst recognition.

Woodstock received this recognition for its work on the Noonday Creek Trail Project. Working with Cherokee and Cobb counties, plans are in place to extend the path from its current endpoint at Georgia Highway 92 to Noonday Park in Cobb County, while future plans include connecting the Noonday Creek Trail to the Silver Comet Trail. To help this project move forward, the city was awarded $2.5 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Comprehensive planning is essential in helping to build strong, vibrant communities, and the Department of Community Affairs honored nine cities and one county with the 2021 PlanFirst recognition. The PlanFirst program is a partnership with DCA, the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, the Georgia Municipal Association, the Georgia Planning Association and 12 regional commissions and identifies state leaders in quality planning and plan implementation. Joining Woodstock in this designation are the cities of Adel, Bainbridge, Cornelia, Perry, Sandy Springs, Thomasville, Tifton, Vienna and Jones County.

“DCA’s goal is to help communities create a climate of success, and we understand that good planning is one of the essential building blocks to accomplishing that very mission,” DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn said in a news release.

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