Community Comprehensive Planning
Place-making takes place-planning. In government, this involves comprehensive planning – municipalities working with residents to realize a vision for the community and create guidelines to frame future development. With over 50 local governments in the River Valley Region, there is much to be done on the planning front.
In Georgia, cities and counties are required by law to maintain comprehensive plans through The Georgia Planning Act. These plans help communities frame growth by analyzing the economic, physical, political, social, and aesthetic factors of those communities and outlining a way to develop those factors through strong public engagement.
A comprehensive plan usually includes a long-term scope (at least 20 years) and provides the overall guiding concept for a community’s growth and development. As an example, the River Valley Regional Plan serves as the comprehensive plan for the River Valley Region.
RVRC regularly assists local governments in the region in meeting Georgia requirements for comprehensive planning and other planning. We offer assistance in the areas below
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Provides local planning technical assistance to planning commissions including preparing zoning ordinances, zoning maps, subdivision regulations, and amendments to those ordinances.
RVRC can help regional communities identify their local resources, such as historic downtowns, parks, retail districts, etc., that help that give a community its identity. We help communities leverage these assets and create strategies around them. This includes identifying groups or individuals who should be invited to the planning table.