PlanFirst Success Story: City of Sylvester

DCA’s PlanFirst program recognizes and rewards Georgia communities that clearly demonstrate an established pattern of successfully implementing their Local Comprehensive Plan. Our PlanFirst “Success Story” series highlights these cities and counties by sharing their incredible achievements. You can view all of the communities on our Story Map.

Realizing the safety of the citizens is of the utmost importance, the Sylvester mayor and City Council envisioned the need to install sidewalks on Isabella Street. The vision was implemented in the 2013 Short Term Work Program and 2018 Worth County Comprehensive Plan.

All of the schools are located in the vicinity of Isabella Street, which is also a predominately residential neighborhood. With an estimated cost of $1 million, the City of Sylvester in conjunction with funding from a TE Grant and DOT Funds was able to make this vision and goal a reality with the completion of the project in 2018.

Now, there is a safe transportation mode for children to walk or ride bikes safely to school. The project will also serve as a connector to the downtown district which will also allow for safe pedestrian and bike travel for shopping, dining, or events in the downtown district, which in turn decreases vehicular traffic for heavily attended events.

The City of Sylvester is committed to setting goals and taking the steps to use effective planning strategies to ensure that their goals and vision materialize and become a reality.