ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Commissioners want to be more progressive when it comes to the planned Sasser and Flint River Trails.
On Monday, April 24, 2017, county commissioners heard from Planning Director Paul Forgey about moving forward with the bike and walking trails.
Commissioners need to adopt a Flint River Trails master plan as well as create a Friends of the Flint River Trails non-profit.
Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas said the area would benefit greatly.
"It attracts newcomers, it attracts retirees, it attracts economic development. It helps with attracting new businesses to traditionally blighted areas and frankly we're just behind on the times," Cohilas said.
Commissioners asked Forgey to work on a policy that would incorporate the Complete Streets Initiative with the Sasser and Flint River Trails.
The Complete Streets Initiative would allow for bike lanes along area roads.
"So that whenever we do put down a road or we do resurface a road, then we can do for cheaper and faster when we put in the bike lanes at those times," Cohilas said.
The first part of the trail is hope to be completed by 2020.