Local and Regional Planning

Under state law, the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission is a comprehensive land use planning agency.  The Planning and Government Services Division plays a unique and essential role in convening and advising communities on land use planning.  The Division also develops regional plans and policies that address key land use issues and needs of the region.

Local Government Comprehensive Planning
A comprehensive plan outlines a framework for development of an area, recognizing the physical, economic, social, cultural, environmental, aesthetic, and related factors of a community. A comprehensive plan is typically the result of lengthy and intensive analysis, including a long-range scope (usually 20 years), and provides the overall guiding principles for growth and development of a community. Click here for information on required comprehensive plan elements and to learn more about how PGS can assist your community with their next comprehensive plan or update. 

Regional Planning
The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) is in the process of updating its Regional Plan, as required by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The Regional Plan is the 12-county area’s long-range plan for managing the anticipated growth over the next 20 years; the update addresses not only land use and transportation issues but also natural resources, economic development, housing, and human services. 

A DRAFT of the Regional Plan update is available here: 

Previous Regional Plan Documents (adopted April 19, 2012):
Regional Assessment
Stakeholder Involvement Program

Regionally Important Resources
The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) is in the process of updating its Regional Resource Plan, first developed in 2010. As required by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), this document identifies important natural and cultural resources throughout the twelve-county region and offers guidance for the protection and management of these resources. In addition, the plan is taken into consideration when determining and planning for impacts of new development. The Regional Resource Plan update is scheduled to be complete in fall 2018.

A DRAFT of the Regional Resource Plan update is available here: