2040 Joint Henry County/Cities Comprehensive Plan
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Many people refer to the Comprehensive Plan as the Land Use Plan.
A large part of our responsibility to the public is to educate and inform the public about the nature and process of Comprehensive Planning as well as the State and local requirements for the Comprehensive Plan. The following comments and website links should help with our understanding of the nature of the Comprehensive Plan. Some of the following descriptions have been taken from Rules of Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Chapter 110-12-1, Minimum Standards and Procedures for Local Comprehensive Planning.
Henry County has decided to carry out this plan jointly with the cities of Hampton, Locust Grove, and McDonough. The Comprehensive Plan will serve as the official long-range policy for guiding future decisions concerning land use, zoning, and public facilities for Henry County and its municipalities.
Comprehensive Plan Facts
What we commonly refer to as the Land Use Plan is not the Comprehensive Plan. The Land Use Plan is but one of many elements of the Comprehensive Plan.
Is the Land Use Plan the same as the Future Land Use Map?
No. The Future Land Use Map (FLUM) is a graphic expression of the Land Use Plan, and is one of many mapped elements of it. It is not the Plan itself. The Land Use Plan includes a set of policy statements or goals about the way we would like to grow in the future that will guide the way we make decisions about land uses. Each local government must address existing and future land uses that are located within the jurisdiction of the local government. The Land Use Plan must include consideration of any designated or nominated Regionally Important Resource wholly or partially within the local government jurisdiction. The local government must also address areas that are likely to be undergoing any jurisdictional boundary changes within the planning period, if any. Municipalities are strongly encouraged to plan land uses for areas that are or may be reasonably expected to become part of the municipal limits during the next ten (10) years.
The Comprehensive Plan also includes a Community Vision element.
The Vision for the Future of the Community is included in the Comprehensive Plan. The Community Vision is intended to portray a complete picture of what the community desires to become based upon public input, the assessment of current and future needs, and coordination with other elements of the plan. The Vision should generate pride and enthusiasm about the future of the community, and identify how the Community Vision addresses Community, Regional and State Planning Goals and Objectives.
The Comprehensive Plan also includes Implementation Strategies.
To the extent practicable, the local government should seek to develop implementation strategies that address more than one goal or objective. For example, encouraging more compact urban development can address more efficient use of existing infrastructure, while at the same time addressing preservation of open space.
For more information, or if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact Planning & Zoning at (770) 288-7526.