Developments of Regional Impact

When communities have largescale developments that could potentially have regional effect beyond the local government, they are required to follow procedures set in place by state law. Local governments in the River Valley should contact RVRC prior to beginning the DRI process to ensure that your project is submitted and handled appropriately. Contact Rick Morris at rmorris@rivervalleyrc.org or call 706-256-2910 for more information. 

What are Developments of Regional Impact? 

Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs) are large-scale developments that are likely to have regional effects beyond the local government jurisdiction in which they are located. The Georgia Planning Act of 1989 authorized the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to establish procedures for review of these large-scale projects. These procedures are designed to improve communication between affected governments and to provide a means of revealing and assessing potential impacts of large-scale developments before conflicts relating to them arise. At the same time, local government autonomy is preserved since the host government maintains the authority to make the final decision on whether a proposed development will or will not go forward.