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Best Practices in Georgia Planning


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Strategic Public Infrastructure Policy

Plan carefully for location and timing of new public facilities, or coordinate with other public agencies that build facilities in the community, to help ensure that these facilities contribute to achieving the community's desired development patterns, and provide for a gradual expansion of developed areas contiguous to areas that have already developed. Such a strategy will eliminate the need for expensive extensions of facilities to serve "leap-frog" developments. One effective strategy is to delineate an urban service area where the local government will provide urban services, such as water supply or sewage treatment, in the future. This will encourage higher density infill development within the urban service area, while helping to maintain the rural character of areas lying outside the urban service boundary. This urban service area may be expanded gradually over time if the community's population continues to expand. Another element of an effective infrastructure strategy is a "Fix It First" policy that gives top priority to repair and reinvestment in existing infrastructure (roads, bridges, water, sewer, power, etc.) by fixing and maintaining what already exists. Such a strategy can help communities avoid subsidizing sprawl.
  • We need to improve our public facility capacity in order to attract new development
  • We'd like to avoid more sprawl (or unplanned) development
  • We'd like to encourage development to locate in areas most suitable for new growth
  • We'd like to reduce the cost of providing public services/facilities
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Cornelia's Mud Creek Greenway and Hodges Street Culvert

Douglas County 900 Acres Protected on Dog River

Millen Sewer Improvements

 
Efficient Land Use

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