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One of the vital roles of local government is planning and the preparation of plans. Planning is the term used here to describe
how a community shapes and guides growth and development. (Some refer to this as "urban planning," "city planning,"
or "land use planning.") The results of planning are contained in documents known as comprehensive plans, which are used by
local governments to guide quality growth, devise effective strategies, and make implementation decisions. A comprehensive plan
is the result of a community-based planning process that draws on the general public, stakeholders and experts. Wise planning
ensures that future development will take place in a manner compatible with the best interests of the community.
Local governments in Georgia are required to submit comprehensive plans to DCA every ten years.
A county and its cities are encouraged to create a joint plan, but may choose to do their own separate plans.
All comprehensive plans must be done in accordance with the
Local Planning Requirements (PDF) .
Comprehensive plans that have met these requirements, and have been approved by DCA and adopted by the local government,
are known as Current Comprehensive Plans.
Planning Information and Resources
Current Comprehensive Plans
Good Plan Examples
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231
For more information about Planning and Quality Growth, please contact the
Office of Planning and Quality Growth at 404-679-5279.