DCA to host Community Planning Institute

Conference scheduled November 17-18, 2016 on Jekyll Island 


Atlanta, GA (October 13, 2016) – The Office of Planning and Environmental Management for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has announced its next Community Planning Institute, which will take place at Jekyll Island in November.  The workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 17-18, 2016, at the Villas by the Sea Conference Center on Jekyll Island, will offer two separate courses for attendees: (1) Preparing and Implementing Your Comprehensive Plan, and (2) Managing Your Water Resources. 


In partnership with the Georgia Planning Association, DCA conducts these courses to teach local governments how to create and implement a Local Comprehensive Plan for their community.  Both workshops are open to local elected officials as well as appointed officials and staff, public works administrators and others who might be involved in the municipal planning process, from natural resource and land use management to planning and zoning.  Members of Georgia Regional Commission staff are encouraged to attend the trainings as well.


Preparing and Implementing Your Comprehensive Plan

This 2-day workshop focuses on developing a comprehensive community plan, from concept to implementation.  The agenda will cover topics including legal aspects involved with zoning, how to implement the comprehensive plan, how to increase stakeholder involvement in the planning process, and best practices proven to move a community forward.


Managing your Water Resources

This 1-day class gives planners, local officials and community advocates an introduction to water management issues in Georgia.  It provides an overview of how a variety of community decisions will affect water quantity and quality, with a particular emphasis on land use and development issues. It is conducted by WaterFirst program staff and focuses on how local governments can better conserve and use their limited water resources.



The deadline for the early bird registration fee is November 1, 2016.  Designated PlanFirst and WaterFirst communities receive free registration as a benefit of their designation, and Regional Commission staff members may attend at a reduced rate.  For more information, and to register, please contact adriane.wood@dca.ga.gov or visit DCA’s Community Planning Institute website.




About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.



Adriane Wood, Planning Outreach Coordinator

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

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