Local Comprehensive Planning

The rules and standards for local comprehensive planning in Georgia are established by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), and can be found here.


Communities collecting impact fees must include a Capital Improvement Element (CIE) within their plans, which you can learn about here.


Local plans must be updated every 5 years, or annually if they have a CIE. A list of local deadlines for future updates is shown at the bottom of this page.

Comprehensive Planning


Comprehensive Plans are guides for coordinating development policies and capital improvements to help local governments ensure more efficient and effective paths to achieving their respective community vision.  These documents identify critical goals and the action items needed to achieve those goals, helping the community prioritize their resources through more informed decision making. They are also required if a community wishes to be eligible for all forms of State assistance.


DCA's Local Planning Page

GMRC's Local Plan Guidance Document

GMRC's Local Performance Measures

Local Plan Monitoring Meeting Schedule

List of current GMRC Local Plan reviews


Georgia Mountains Regional Commission

Mailing Address:    

P.O. Box 1720

Gainesville, GA 30503

Physical Address:  

1310 West Ridge Rd.

Gainesville, GA 30503

Tel: (770) 538-2626 

Fax: (770) 538-2625

WorkSource Georgia Mountains

Mailing Address: 

P.O. Box 2278

Gainesville, GA 30503

Physical Address:   

1856 Thompson Bridge Rd.

Gainesville, GA 30501

Tel: (770) 538-2727 

Fax: (770) 538-2729


Mon - Fri: 8 am - 6 pm

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