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What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan is an official document adopted by a local government that describes and helps guide decisions about the physical, economic, and social aspects of a community. The plan is generally broad and long-range in nature, usually covering a 20 year period and addresses such elements as population, economic development, housing, natural and cultural resources, community facilities and services, intergovernmental coordination, transportation, and land use. In addition to these eight elements, a vision statement describing what citizens and community leaders need and desire is also included.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents – Maps
Table of Contents – Tables
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Population
Chapter 3 – Economic Development
Chapter 4 – Housing
Chapter 5 – Natural and Cultural Resources
Chapter 6 – Community Facilities
Chapter 7 – Intergovernmental Coordination
Chapter 8 – Land Use
Chapter 9 – Transportation
Chapter 10 – Implementation
Existing Land Use
Future Land Use
Report of Accomplishments (Excel)


Why is the City conducting the 2005 Comprehensive Plan Update?
In 1995, the City of Decatur adopted its current Comprehensive Plan. Under the Georgia Planning Act, the state mandates that in order to maintain a Qualified Local Government status, a local jurisdiction must update its Comprehensive Plan every ten years. The Qualified Local Government status enables the City to collect state and federal assistance funds.

How will the 2005 Update be conducted?
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) publishes specific guidelines that the City must follow in preparing the Comprehensive Plan and its updates. Data concerning demographics, transportation facilities, housing characteristics and the like is obtained from such sources as City and County offices, the United States Census, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Atlanta Regional Commission and other state and local agencies. This data is used to provide a picture of how Decatur looks today and forms the basis to help determine future needs.

The 2005 Update will largely build on the foundation of data collected for the 1995 Comprehensive Plan and more recent studies the City has completed such as the City of Decatur Strategic Plan, Citywide Athletic Facility Master Plan, Preservation Corridor Master Plan, and others.

Amanda Thompson
Planning Services Officer
City of Decatur

Sycamore Consulting, Inc.
909 Church St., Decatur, GA 30030
404-377-9147 (phone)
404-377-9091 (fax)

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