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Regionally Important Resources (RIRs)

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Program Description

A Regionally Important Resource (RIR) is a natural or historic resource that is of sufficient size or importance to warrant special consideration by the local governments having jurisdiction over that resource. The Georgia Planning Act of 1989 (the same law that requires comprehensive planning by local governments) authorizes the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to establish procedures for identifying RIRs statewide.  DCA has established rules for use by the Regional Commissions in preparing a Regional Resource Plan that systematically identifies the RIRs in each region and recommends best practices for use in managing these important resources.


Information and Resources

Adopted Regional Resource Plans

DCA Rules for Regionally Important Resources 110-12-4

Resources for Protection/Management of Regionally Important Resources:



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