City of Atlanta Launches 2011 Comprehensive Planning Process

Setting the direction for major planning initiatives for land use, housing, economic development, community facilities and historic and natural resources is a primary purpose of the City of Atlanta’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP). The Department of Planning and Community Development’s Office of Planning has started the process of creating the new CDP, which will be completed in three phases.
“When the new CDP is complete, we anticipate that the City of Atlanta will have a redefined set of priorities for improving the quality of life for our citizens and businesses,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This process helps us address current challenges and identify future opportunities. The city’s population is expected to grow by 19.5 percent between 2010 and 2030, and the city needs to be ready to accommodate these new residents.”
The Office of Planning has announced the Community Assessment and Community Participation components are now complete and a draft has been transmitted by City Council to the Atlanta Regional Commission. Input and comments from the public and private sectors are required to help formulate the City of Atlanta’s new CDP.
“Our 2011 CDP will have more emphasis on sustainability, communities, and brownfields than our previous plans,” said Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner James Shelby. The City of Atlanta’s current CDP was created in 2008. The plan will help the City of Atlanta outline opportunities for developable land, improved vehicle and pedestrian circulation, economic development, increased public services and additional infrastructure.
A public hearing for the first two phases was held in November. The final phase of the City of Atlanta 2011 CDP, the community agenda component, begins in January 2011. Creation of “character areas” and a future development map are new State of Georgia requirements for the CDP.
“We will be working with communities to identify their community character and incorporate it into the future development map,” said Office of Planning Director Charletta Wilson Jacks.
The new CDP must be adopted by Atlanta City Council members by October 2011, as mandated by the State of Georgia. The CDP allows the City of Atlanta to be eligible for state and regional funding. The 1990 Georgia Planning Act requires all local governments to develop and adopt a comprehensive plan.

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