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Program Description


The DCA Office of Planning and Environmental Management, in partnership with the Georgia Planning Association, offers a series of classes called the Community Planning Institute to Georgia’s planning commissioners, elected officials and local government staff. The Institute provides information about planning for land use, growth and development, as well as for efficient management of local water resources.

The date for the next CPI: Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan, will be Thursday and Friday, April 20-21, 2017 at Unicoi State Park and Lodge.  Please check back for registration information.

Upcoming Class

CPI - Managing Your Water Resource

February 28, 2017 - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Richmond Hill City Center

Recommended for:  Elected Officials, City/County Managers, Planners and Water/Wastewater Staff
This Water Resources Class has been designed for communities that are interested in planning and protecting their water resources or wish to apply for the WaterFirst Designation. Communities will learn all elements that involve water resources from supply to wastewater.


Registration Deadline: February 21, 2017

Program Registration Fee $30
(Includes continental breakfast and lunch)
WaterFirst Communities attend at no cost


Click here to register for the Water Resource Workshop


Water Resource Workshop Agenda


Directions to Richmond Hill City Center



The Community Planning Institute consists of three classes:

  • Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan is a 2-day class that covers the local planning process. This class provides:
    • An overview of the importance of community planning– why we plan and who should be involved;
    • A review of Georgia’s planning requirements; 
    • How to engage your constituents in envisioning and planning for their future;
    • Plan implementation tools, including successful examples from PlanFirst communities;
    • Other plan implementation tools such as zoning or form-based codes. 
  • Managing your water resources is an overview of Georgia’s water resources and what local governments can do to wisely use and protect these resources. The day starts with a brief history of water planning in Georgia, followed by an overview of state and regional water issues. After lunch, the session includes best practices for stormwater management. The day ends with an overview of better wastewater management practices, and a hands-on activity to put the day’s lessons into useful perspective.
  • Principles for Integrating Planning for Hazard Mitigation and Land Use provides an overview of the importance of planning to enable quicker recovery from future natural disaster events. This session includes best practices for hazard mitigation in the context of land use planning (including GIS mapping.), and discussion of proposed model zoning code sections and how to apply them. It explains the benefits of proactive land use planning by local governments to both enable better recovery efforts and diminish the negative impacts of such a hazard event on your community. (This class is not currently being offered. If you would like to view an earlier presentation click here or to learn more about this effort click here.)  



Contact Information

For more information about Planning and Environmental Management, please contact the Office of Planning and Environmental Management at 404-679-5279

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231

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