Comprehensive Planning

 

The RC continuously works with all 17 counties in the preparation of state required comprehensive plans, updates to these plans, solid waste management plans and additional requirements of the Georgia Planning Act of 1989. The RC assists all member governments with updates to their Five Year Short Term Work Programs, and all governments continue to maintain their Qualified Local Government (QLG) status. The Planning Staff are also preparing Regional Plan, reviews Development of Regional Impact, and conducts other state responsibilities under the Georgia Planning Act. The Regional Plan identifies trends, issues, problems, opportunities and implementation activities in the Heart of Georgia Altamaha region important to its sound future growth and development.

 

Our planning staff are currently assisting member local governments with required new full plan local comprehensive plan updates in accordance with the revised Local Planning Requirements.

 

Community and Economic Development

 

The RC staff provides economic development assistance to all local governments, chambers of commerce and development authorities upon request. New and expanding businesses and industries can be helped by grants and loans that improve infrastructure or provide needed capital. Various state and federal grant and loan programs, such as Employment Incentive Program (EIP), OneGeorgia Equity and Edge grant and loan packages, and Economic Development Administration (EDA) can be leveraged and prepared by the RC to help expand the economic base of the area.

 

Zoning and Local Plan Implementation

 

The establishment of new land development regulations and the updating of existing ordinances, including the development of zoning maps, are important aspects of plan implementation services performed by the RC. Other planning assistance as required and requested is also provided.

 

Local Government Administration and Management

 

RC support in this area includes wide-ranging technical assistance in the day-to-day operations and management of local government.  Technical assistance includes development and updating personnel management systems as well as developing job descriptions and pay classification plans.  Recent technical assistance has also included the development of police department policies and procedures manuals, codification of county ordinances, reporting compliance, and homeland security planning and coordination. Other efforts include assisting local governments with development and writing of grant applications, conducting environmental reviews of projects and administration of approved grants and disaster mitigation planning. Recent grant assistance has been in the areas of Community Development Block Grants, OneGeorgia Authority Equity Grants/Loans, Transportation Enhancement Grants, FEMA Firefighter Assistance Grants, Recycling Grants, Law Enforcement Block Grants, Georgia Highway Safety Grants, and a variety of others.