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Community Planning Institute (CPI)

Program Description


The DCA Office of Planning and Environmental Management, in partnership with the Georgia Planning Association, offers a series of classes called the Community Planning Institute to Georgia’s planning commissioners, elected officials and local government staff. The Institute provides information about planning for land use, growth and development, as well as for efficient management of local water resources.

Next CPI Class

Thursday and Friday, November 17-18, 2016

on beautiful Jekyll Island at the

Villas by the Sea Resort and Conference Center

Villas by the Sea Resort has a special group rate available.  Rates are from $89 - $239 per night plus tax and 5% resort fee.  To book these rates please call 1-800-841-6262 ext.1 and mention GA. Department of Community Affairs or group code #442911, for the group rate. VillasbytheSeaResort.com


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Day 1

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan - Part I

From public engagement and plan development to zoning and other tools for implementation, with best implementation practices from PlanFirst communities


Managing Your Water Resources

How local governments can be good stewards of these resources and promote wise use in their community.


Day 2

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan - Part II


You may be eligible for a scholarship for your Planning CPI Class through the Denise Abbound Memorial Fund, Georgia Planning Memorial Foundation at The Georgia Planning Association website.   Fill out an  Application or
more information is available at:

The Georgia Planning Memorial Foundation


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. This class provides:
    • An overview of the importance of community planning– why we plan and who should be involved;
    • A review of Georgia’s planning requirements; 
    • How to engage your constituents in envisioning and planning for their future;
    • Plan implementation tools, including successful examples from PlanFirst communities;
    • Other plan implementation tools such as zoning or form-based codes. 
  • 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. (This class is not currently being offered. If you would like to view an earlier presentation click here or to learn more about this effort click here.)  



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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