Cobb County has a useful resource web page to let citizens know about the upcoming 2040 Comprehensive Plan update and to educate residents on how to contribute to the plan.
Most Cobb County residents know how land use and planning decisions can impact their quality of life through the zoning process, and the overall plan is one way to provide information and render account of decisions that may affect the shape of the county for decades to come.
The County Comprehensive Plan FAQs and Proposed Uniform Development Plan describes the Comprehensive Plan as follows:
County code and development standards are only part of the planning and development equation. Another key element is the Global plan 2040. The Comprehensive Plan is the long-term policy document that shapes the county’s current and future development for a twenty-year planning period. As required by the State of Georgia, the Comprehensive Plan is updated every 5 years and includes a future land use map that provides the basis for the type of development best suited to each area of ââthe county.
The comprehensive plan is the policy document that guides land use, and this document is used to inform zoning decisions. County codes and development standards, along with design guidelines, are the regulatory tools for implementing the overall plan. Once completed, the UDC will become the one-stop-shop for county zoning and development regulations, and thus become the regulatory tool for the implementation of the plan.
The webpage includes links for commentary, a video explaining the process, and a number of resources to explain various aspects of the planning process, including land use, community facilities, transportation, county demographics and natural and historical resources.
The page was created by the Planning Division of the Cobb County Community Development Agency.
The Cobb County Community Development Agency describes its goal on the ‘about’ page of its website as follows:
Community Development Agency is the Cobb County development coordinating agency. It is responsible for the implementation of federal and state environmental mandates; he advises the Council of Commissioners and the general public on development and planning matters as they affect the environment, financial, economic, legal and social well-being of Cobb County. The agency is responsible for maintaining and improving the quality of life in the county as deemed necessary by the Council of Commissioners and the residents of the county; it fulfills its role by providing and, if necessary, enhancing the following programs administered by its eight divisions: administration, business licensing, code enforcement, development and inspections, erosion control, planning, zoning and economic development.