Welcome to the home of the Laurens County Comprehensive Plan Update. The County and the municipalities of Cadwell, Dexter, Dublin, Dudley, East Dublin, Montrose, and Rentz are currently undergoing strategic planning meetings to guide the future growth and development for the community. Issues discussed include economic development, community facilities, natural and cultural resources, housing, intergovernmental coordination, and other important concerns. In a series of meetings, to be held February-August, local government leadership will be seeking citizen input and participation concerning these topics. This page will provide periodic updates and working documents from the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.
WHY IS THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IMPORTANT?
Effective planning ensures that future development will occur where, when, and how the community and local government wants. There are several important benefits to the entire community that result from the planning process:
- Quality of life is maintained and improved.
- There is a vision, clearly stated and shared by all, that describes the future of the community.
- Private property rights are protected.
- Economic development is encouraged and supported.
- There is more certainty about where development will occur, what it will be like, when it will happen, and how the costs of development will be met.
To encourage local governments' engagement in comprehensive planning, Georgia incentivizes it by allowing cities and counties with DCA-approved comprehensive plans access to a special package of financial resources to aid in implementing their plans. This includes Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), water and sewer loans from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), economic development funding from the OneGeorgia Authority, and a variety of other programs from DCA and partner agencies (a detailed list is available in the "Fact Sheets" section, below). Eligibility for this package of incentives is called Qualified Local Government (QLG) status.
LAURENS COUNTY 2019 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TIMETABLE
Tuesday, 2.26.2019, 10:30 AM - Initial Meeting/Strengths/Weaknesses (SWOT)
Tuesday, 3.19.2019, 5:30 PM - Initial Public Hearing
Tuesday, 3.26.2019, 10:30 AM - Community Vision/Issues and Opportunities
Thursday, 4.11.2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Community Input Drop-In
Tuesday, 4.16.2019, 10:30 AM - Issues and Opportunities/Goals/Policies
Tuesday, 5.21.2019, 10:30 AM - Goals/Policies/ Economic Development/Broadband/Land Use
August, TBD - Draft Plan
August, TBD - Final Public Hearing
September, 2019 - Local Government Submittal
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE?
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