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The Athens Downtown Development Authority created a website and a Facebook page last week to gather input for a new downtown master plan.

“We want to encourage as many people as possible to give their input and weigh in,” ADDA Executive Director Kathryn Lookofsky said.

The website——includes a survey, biographies, contact information and maps of the study area. The Facebook page is Both sites are linked on the ADDA’s site,

Town hall meetings will be held in late October and early November, Lookofsky said.

University of Georgia professor Jack Crowley and a team of graduate students from the College of Environment and Design are writing the plan, which will guide growth in the downtown area for the next 30 years.

Lookofsky has also appointed a steering committee to oversee the planning process, subject to approval from the ADDA board. It includes Masada Leather owner Irvin Alhadeff, Sumner Properties partner Bryan Austin, commercial real estate consultant David Dwyer, bar owner Damon Krebs, University of Georgia planner Lara Mathes, property owner Annette Nelson, Athens Cultural Affairs Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Wolf-Ragatz and Smith Wilson, a developer who’s served on the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, Historic Preservation Commission and Classic Center Authority.