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Regional Planning


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Program Description

Regional planning considers issues, opportunities and resources that multiple neighboring jurisdictions share and may address in a coordinated fashion.  One community may not have resources to address an issue, but several communities working together may be able to address the issue collectively. Looking beyond local governmental boundaries and sharing efforts can produce effective solutions for greenspace, water and sewer infrastructure, educational needs, solid waste management and many other community development resources.

The Georgia Planning Act governs many of the activities of the twelve Regional Commissions, including identifying and managing Regionally Important Resources, creating and implementing regional plans, and reviewing Developments of Regional Impact (DRI). 

Information and Resources

Regional Commissions

Regional Plans

Success Stories in Regional Planning

Regionally Important Resources (RIR)

Developments of Regional Impact (DRI)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Arbitration of Annexation Disputes


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