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NOTICE OF INTENT

TO ADOPT REVISIONS TO THE RULES GOVERNING

DEVELOPMENTS OF REGIONAL IMPACT,

Standards and Procedures for Regional Planning,

Regionally Important Resources, and

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Department of Community Affairs will hold a public hearing in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act.  The public hearing will be held on October 14, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. in the Boardroom (Room 302) of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, 60 Executive Park South, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

Any party wishing to express views or opinions regarding the proposed rules may do so by submitting them in writing to: Director, Office of Planning and Quality Growth, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, 60 Executive Park South, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia  30329, or by presenting them at the public hearing.  These comments should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 20, 2008.

Notice is hereby given that at a meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m. on November 5, 2008, in the Boardroom of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Room 302), 60 Executive Park South, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30329, the Board of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) intends to adopt revised rules governing Developments of Regional Impact, Standards and Procedures for Regional Planning, Regionally Important Resources, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

If adopted by the Board of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the proposed rules will become effective on July 1, 2009.

The Department’s authority to administer the Local Comprehensive Planning program is recognized in the Georgia Planning Act, O.C.G.A. 50-8-2 et seq.  A complete copy of these proposed rules is available for public inspection in the Office of Planning and Quality Growth, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, 60 Executive Park South, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30329, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  A complete copy of each of the proposed rules can also be obtained by contacting DCA’s Office of Planning and Quality Growth at (404) 679-5279 or by accessing it on the Department’s websites at:  www.GeorgiaPlanning.com  or

http://www.dca.ga.gov/development/PlanningQualityGrowth/programs/regionalrules.asp.

For a printable version of this notice click HERE (PDF) or HERE (DOC). For a very brief overview of the proposed changes click HERE.  The revised rules, as proposed, are posted below with summaries of the proposed changes and a web-tool for submitting written comments.

The Office of Planning & Quality Growth has proposed changes to the rules governing Regional Planning, Regionally Important Resources, Developments of Regional Impact, and Mediation. These draft rules will be available on our website for review and comment until the DCA Board votes on them in mid 2008.

Please take this opportunity to review these drafts and send us your comments and suggestions by clicking the comments link below each heading.

Regional Planning

The Regional Planning rules proposed changes are modeled on the new Local Planning Requirements and requires a Regional Future Development Map which is the policy map for the region and a Work Program to guide public investment and local planning and implementation.

Regionally Important Resources

The Regionally Important Resources revisions propose stakeholder identification of significant natural and cultural resources in the region as well as a Regional Resource Plan that would include Guidance for Appropriate Development Practices and General Policies and Protection Measures to protect and preserve resources.

Developments of Regional Impact

Proposed changes to the Developments of Regional Impact process include a required pre-review conference to clarify the process, information needed and to discuss the impacts of the project as well as an expedited review process if all affected parties are in agreement as to benefits of the project.

Mediation

Revisions to the Mediation process propose a menu of choices, including facilitation, mediation, and arbitration to enable local jurisdictions and private interests alternatives in dispute resolution. 


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