The Athens 2040 Comprehensive Plan Draft is complete and ready for public review and comment. This plan has been in the works for almost three years. It is the result of information provided by hundreds of Athenians who took the time to attend meetings, complete surveys, offer expertise and feedback along the way. I am grateful for all of this and feel fortunate to work for and live in a city where so many people want to work today to achieve a better tomorrow.
A month and a half ago my expectation was to have a completed draft ready for public review today and prepare for discussions with Athens City Council to adopt this plan in order to begin implementation. However, due to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic on almost every aspect of our lives I think it is only reasonable to postpone discussions on adoption of the plan until we are able to restart Athens. I’m sure there are some items in this plan that will need revisited due to the impacts of the pandemic. On the whole though, I am confident that the vision, guiding principles, and key recommendations in this plan will hold true then as they did when this endeavor started in late 2017.
Please note that this document is a draft and is offered in a text-only format in order to focus on our goals and recommendations. The final version will be presented in high quality layout with detailed graphics and design, including visualizations of our public comments and survey work.
I ask you to read though this draft and contact me with any questions or comments you have. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to your feedback.
Finally, I want to thank each of you for the time, effort, and information that you provided to us to make this draft plan happen. I look forward to seeing all of you sometime soon and I hope you are doing well in these most challenging times.
Planner, City of Athens