Joint Comprehensive Plan 2007 - 2027

Since 1989, with the passage of the Georgia Planning Act, every local government in Georgia has been required to complete a comprehensive plan in order to maintain its Qualified Local Government status (QLG). The 2014 update to the Minimum Standards and Procedures for Local Comprehensive Planning requires that each government update its comprehensive plan at least once every five years. The real utility of a local comprehensive plan does not simply come from updating the document regularly, but rather from actually implementing it well. Statewide discussions about water quality and quantity, housing opportunities, transportation, job availability and land conservation all highlight the need for an agreed-upon approach to these difficult topics, and our comprehensive plans offer such an approach. A properly developed and effectively used comprehensive plan can be the most effective tool a local government has to ensure that the inevitable changes that happen to all communities occur in a controlled, rational manner and bring about the results the community wants.  

While Georgia’s comprehensive plans provide guidance for a variety of community topics, including economic development and regional cooperation, these plans mostly provide a roadmap for the physical development of the community and how we use and shape our land. “Land use” is a loosely used term that refers to any decisions made about land and zoning regulations. Generally, “planning and land use” assumes that decisions regarding a jurisdiction’s land are made in accordance with an adopted comprehensive plan. Therefore, by formulating and using a comprehensive plan, a city council is making decisions about the shape and form of the land under its jurisdiction and is directly impacting the design of the community. In short, what does the community look like and how does it function, both now and in the future?
To view current Joint Comprehensive Plan, click here.