That’s unlikely to happen. At least before the rapidly approaching ATL deadline.
“Having used the public participation process that we did to create the plan, in my mind if we’re gonna make any kind of substantive change to the plan, we really owe the public a chance to go back through that process,” Nash said.
“So the timing just dictates that we go with what’s been through the process already.”
Tomlinson said the ATL’s goal is to have the first regional plan assembled by December. That’s important because the same state law that created the ATL requires counties wishing to call a public referendum on a 30-year transit-funding sales tax to present a specific list of projects to voters.
Those projects must already be included in the regional plan.
Despite a fair degree of push back, Nash has maintained that she hopes Gwinnett will see another transit referendum in the near future — possibly as soon as next year.
“I think our biggest problem was we didn’t do as good a job as we could have, perhaps, with articulating to voters clearly what’s in the plan,” Nash said. “I know I continue to see comments that indicate people had no idea the service that was going to be available close by to where they live or work.”