DCA to host spring Community Planning Institute

Conference scheduled April 20-21, 2017 at Unicoi State Park 


Atlanta, GA (March 2, 2017) – Is your city or county about to start updating your local comprehensive plan?  Have you recently updated your plan, but need help implementing your new plan?  DCA has just the workshop to help get you on the road to successful local planning for a brighter future for your community!  The Office of Planning and Environmental Management for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has scheduled its spring Community Planning Institute, “Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan”, at Unicoi State Park & Lodge on Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21.  Unicoi State Park & Lodge is a 1,050-acre state park located immediately north-northeast of Helen, Georgia.


This 2-day workshop focuses on preparing and implementing a comprehensive plan, beginning with how and why a community plans for its future and concluding with information on putting the plan into practice.  Governments with plan due dates in late 2017 and 2018 are encouraged to attend this course. 


Preparing and Implementing Your Comprehensive Plan

The 2-day 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.  Each day there will be peer-to-peer lessons from successful PlanFirst communities.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Day ONE: Understand the basics of local planning and the development of a local comprehensive plan, as well as how plans can be useful to your community.  This session includes a detailed review of Georgia’s Rules for Local Comprehensive Planning. 


Friday, April 21, 2017

Day TWO: Delve into plan development and implementation, with a final session that focuses on the legal basis of zoning and practical guidance for making good local development and land management decisions.  


Registration for the spring Community Planning Institute opens March 1, 2017. 


For additional information, please visit DCA’s Community Planning Institute website.  For more information, please contact




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



Adriane Wood, Planning Outreach Coordinator

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

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