DCA to host Community Planning Institute
March 11-12 in Helen

(2/17/16 – ATLANTA)
  The Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Office of Planning and Environmental Management will hold a Community Planning Institute Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, at the Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen for local Georgia governments. 

Elected officials, planning and zoning administrators and staff, planning/zoning commissioners, citizen planners, City/County administrators or managers, other staff involved with planning, zoning or other land use management techniques, as well as Regional Commission staff members, would benefit from the training, according to DCA representatives.

DCA, in partnership with the Georgia Planning Association, conducts this class annually to help local governments understand the local planning process. The upcoming class, called “Preparing and Implementing Your Comprehensive Plan,” is a 2-day workshop that includes sessions on such topics as the community’s comprehensive plan, legal aspects involved with zoning, ways to implement the comprehensive plan including zoning, increasing stakeholder involvement in the planning process, and best planning practices proven to move a community forward.  

The registration deadline for the early bird fee of $60 per day is March 1 with a final deadline of March 7. Cost per day after March 1 is $75. Designated PlanFirst communities receive free registration as a benefit of their designation, and Regional Commission staff members may attend at a reduced rate.

For more information, and to register, please contact adriane.wood@dca.ga.gov, or visit http://www.dca.ga.gov/development/PlanningQualityGrowth/programs/opqg.asp.




About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA):
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit



Jana Wiggins, Director of Marketing & Communications
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
(o) 404-679-0661; (c) 770-883-7971


Adriane Wood, Planning Outreach Coordinator  
Georgia Department of Community Affairs

(c) 478-319-0433