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Community Planning Institute (CPI)

Program Description

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 Community Planning Institute consists of three classes:

  • Using and Preparing 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.


    Upcoming Workshops

CPI – Comprehensive Planning

        DATE                           LOCATION


27 & 28, 2014

Community Planning Institute (CPI) at the Douglasville Conference Center

6701 Church St., Douglasville, GA 30134

(678) 715-6094

Day 1 - Using and Preparing Your Comprehensive Plan

Day 2 - Tools for Implementing Your Comprehensive Plan

Workshop Information



Holiday Inn Express Atlanta West

7101 Concourse Pkwy

Douglasville, Ga 30134

Tel: (770) 920-9228

Nightly Rate: $74 plus tax

La Quinta Inns & Suites

1000 Linnenkohl Drive

Douglasville, Ga 30134

Tel: (770) 577 3838

Nightly Rate: $67 plus tax

The block rates at each hotel are listed under the group name:

Community Development Institute.

You may be eligible for a scholarship (reimbursement) from the

GA Planning Memorial Foundation

<CLICK HERE>Georgia Planning Memorial Foundation Application

Workshop Materials listed below:


Contact Information

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

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