Athens wants more retail shopping, restaurant and entertainment opportunities.
That is according to a recent online survey conducted by the Athens Planning Department.
The survey results will help city planners determined the “harmonious and orderly development of the city,” over the next 10 to 20 years, said City Planner Mac Martin.
He presented the survey findings to City Council members Monday.
The downside of his report is that only 471 residents filled out the survey, leaving the opinions of some 22,000 others unknown. Though, they still have a chance to make their opinions known at three public hearings to be held March 18 at Athens State University gym, March 19 at the Boys & Girls Club and March 20 at the ASU gym; all held at 5:30 p.m.
The survey, largely responded to by residents with incomes over $100,000, showed most respondents thought Athens offered a good to excellent quality of life, Martin said.
They believe it had small-town charm and an affordable cost of living, he said. They also believe the city had improved over the past several years.