Community Planning Institute (CPI)
In partnership with the Georgia Planning Association, the Office of Planning and Environmental Management provides a series of classes called the Community Planning Institute to Georgia’s planning commissioners, elected officials and staff. The Institute provides information about local planning for land use, growth and development, and water resources management.
The next CPI class, Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan,
will be held October 10 and 11, 2014
Unicoi State Park and Lodge
To View Draft CPI Agenda Click <HERE>
The Community Planning Institute consists of three classes:
- Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan is a 2-day class that covers the local planning process.
- Day one provides an overview of the importance of planning for the future and sets the stage with a brief introduction to community planning. It starts the day with a discussion of Georgia’s 2013 local planning requirements, followed by explanation of why we plan and who should be involved locally in the process. The class also covers tools for plan implementation including zoning and form-based codes. The day ends with an interactive activity on good plan use and implementation.
- Day two starts off with examples of best practices in plan implementation, followed by a case study of a community that is using its plan for effectively managing its affairs. Next is a session on the importance of engaging the public in the planning process and best practices for doing that. The afternoon session of day 2 is devoted to the legal aspects of zoning as an effective plan implementation tool.
- Managing your water resources is an overview of Georgia’s water resources and what local governments can do to wisely use and protect these resources. The day starts with a brief history of water planning in Georgia, followed by an overview of state and regional water issues. After lunch, the session includes best practices for stormwater management. The day ends with an overview of better wastewater management practices, and a hands-on activity to put the day’s lessons into useful perspective.
- Principles for Integrating Planning for Hazard Mitigation and Land Use provides an overview of the importance of planning to enable quicker recovery from future natural disaster events. This session includes best practices for hazard mitigation in the context of land use planning (including GIS mapping.), and discussion of proposed model zoning code sections and how to apply them. It explains the benefits of proactive land use planning by local governments to both enable better recovery efforts and diminish the negative impacts of such a hazard event on your community.
For more information about Planning and Environmental Management, please contact the Office
of Planning and Environmental Management at 404-679-5279
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231