JONESBORO — An Atlanta-based consulting group will spend the next two years helping Clayton County with professional planning issues.
Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to grant a two-year contract, worth $241,000, to the Collaborative Firm, LLC, so the company can continue providing assistance to county leaders, particularly those who deal with community development. The contract is retroactive to July 1, and runs until June 30, 2014.
“Clayton County, through its Community Development Department, seeks to achieve sustainable and aesthetically pleasing development through economic growth,” a resolution to extend the contract states. “The county wishes to enter into an agreement with the Collaborative Firm, LLC, to provide professional consulting services to assist in implementing its goals.”
The Collaborative Firm’s website shows the group has an ongoing partnership with the county’s planning and zoning department to perform planning services.
The firm’s website also shows the group has worked with Clayton County officials on several projects in recent years. Those projects include an update to the county’s zoning ordinance and overlay districts from 2006 until 2008 and helping the Clayton County Housing and Community Development Program with its Community Development Block Grant and Neighborhood Stabilization programs since 2009.
The firm’s previous work for the county also includes the development of Hwy. 138 design guidelines in 2009 and Hwy. 42 design guidelines in 2011.
Part of the county’s stated goals, in this week’s resolution to give a contract to the consulting group, is to promote economic development while simultaneously protecting resources of an environmental, historic or public nature. Those resources would be protected through “zoning and development ordinances, planning processes and individual site development decisions,” according to the resolution.