Current Charrettes

Charrettes are open to all UGA students and faculty, with preference given to students registered in HIPR 4680/6680-S.  Space is limited.  If you have interest in participating in a CED charrette, contact Jennifer Lewis at

Harrison Park Plan | Ellijay GA | Jan 27-29, 2017

Harrison Park barnThe City of Ellijay has a perpetual lease on piece of farmland donated by the Harrison family for the purposes of developing a public park.  Harrison Park is located across the Ellijay River from the downtown business district.  Walking trail loops were installed several years ago, but no other amenities have been added.  A historic barn remains on the property and requires approximately $10,000 in stabilization and rehabilitation.  A new, energized park committee is committed to building on the property’s potential as an in-town amenity for residents and visitors alike, and is conducting surveys and polls to garner public input.  Improvements discussed for the property include restrooms, additional trees and flowering shrubs, a dog park, bandstand/stage, reuse of the barn for events, a community garden, a boat launch, and additional trails along the river to connect to the city recreational park downstream.

Winterville Charrette | Winterville GA | February 24-26, 2017

Winterville depotThe City of Winterville is interested in keeping its rural character while promoting economic growth.  While only six miles from Downtown Athens and a part of Clarke County, Winterville has long enjoyed a safe distance from development pressures in Athens, but also succumb to “out of sight, out of mind” when it comes to county infrastructure improvements.  Winterville has a motivated group of elected officials, residents and volunteers ready to strike a balance between being attractive to young families, retirees and artists as well as encouraging businesses that could thrive in a historic, small town atmosphere.  The City wants to take the lead in improving the appearance of government property, promoting pedestrian and bicycle connectivity, and encouraging new development to follow design construction standards.

Charrettes can also be worth course credit in HIPR 4680\6680-S: Community Design Charrettes: An Innovative Course in Community Planning. This course is worth three credit-hours and will require students to attend two (2) charrettes in a 12-month period while registered for classes at UGA.  To register for this course, contact Donna Gabriel at 542-4720.