General Requirements for Comprehensive Plans
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) requires that communities throughout the state complete and maintain a Comp Plan to direct future growth and development. The Comp Plan is required to address a set of minimum requirements that include the identification of community goals, needs and opportunities within the community, and a community short term work program (STWP), which identifies the specific action items the City plans to undertake to achieve the established goals, address the documented needs, and maximize opportunities for community success.
The City recognizes the importance of having a Comp Plan that enhances the quality of life of its residents and businesses within the community while at the same time provides guidance for future growth. The City also understands that our existing character and future growth plans must be balanced to address the different visions that individual stakeholders have for the future of the City. It was the City’s intent, with assistance from our invited stakeholders, to build upon the process utilized for the 2008 Garden City Comprehensive Plan, and other recently developed data, to produce an updated Comp Plan with the assistance of community stakeholders. By conducting an active public participation program the City staff and elected officials have a better understanding of the community’s overall vision and perspective to provide us the necessary tools to continue to move the city in a positive direction.