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October 24, 2019, City Council Regular Meeting
10. Appearance by Melanie Wilson, Executive Director of Metropolitan Planning Commission, to Receive a Proclamation Designating October as National Planning Month
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The Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) was created to serve as the official planning body for the City of Savannah and Chatham County. Please join the MPC as it recognizes and celebrates National Planning Month. The American Planning Association (APA) defines the goal of planning as follows:

The goal of planning is to maximize the health, safety, and economic well-being of all people living in our communities. This involves thinking about how we can move around our community, how we can attract and retain thriving businesses, where we want to live, and opportunities for recreation. Planning helps create communities of lasting value.

While architects often focus on a single building, a planner's job is to work with residents and elected officials to guide the layout of an entire community or region. Planners take a broad view and look at how the pieces of a community — buildings, roads, and parks — fit together like pieces of a puzzle. Planners then make recommendations on how the community should proceed. One of the greatest challenges for planners is to imagine what can and should happen to a community: how it should grow and change, and what it should offer residents 10, 15, or even 20 years into the future.

Each year the APA selects a theme for Planning Month, which is held in October. This year's theme — Planning for Infrastructure That Benefits All — highlights how well-planned infrastructure projects (including roadways, transportation systems, housing, parks, and even broadband networks) strengthen communities, boost the economy, expand opportunity, and promote equitable development.



Eddie W. DeLoach, Mayor
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