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Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Plan Update May 2019

The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission (HOGARC) is a quasi-governmental agency comprised of 17 counties and 62 municipalities. Our mission is to provide professional advice and assistance to our member governments and the State of Georgia in the areas of planning, community and economic development, local government administration and management, historic preservation, aging services, geographic information system services, workforce investment, and coordinated transportation. Our goal is to assist the planning and provision of efficient and effective services to improve the quality of life for citizens in the region’s counties, the region, and for all of Georgia.

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WELCOME!

Welcome to the home of the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Plan Update. The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission is currently undergoing strategic planning meetings to guide the future growth and development for our 17 county region. Issues discussed include economic development, community facilities, natural and cultural resources, housing, intergovernmental coordination, and other important concerns. In a series of meetings and public listening sessions, to be held in June-February, regional leadership will be seeking input from our local governments and citizens concerning these topics. This page will provide periodic updates and working documents from the Regional Plan Technical Advisory Committee.

Regional Plans are a guide for future decision making that address critical regional issues and opportunities and provide a framework for advancing the state's planning goals. Regional Plans are also wider in scope than local plans, and deal with broader issues that involve a variety of entities, including state and federal agencies, local governments and private organizations. Each of Georgia’s twelve Regional Commissions develops a regionally-specific plan, which must be approved by DCA and adopted by its Regional Council.

The Georgia Planning Act, O.C.G.A. 50-8-1, et seq, gives DCA the authority to establish standards and procedures for appropriate and timely regional planning by all Regional Commissions in Georgia. Those standards and procedures are embodied in the rules known as the 'regional planning requirements'. In order to remain eligible for state funding programs, each Regional Commission must prepare, adopt, maintain, and implement a regional plan that meets these planning requirements.

In order to remain eligible for state funding programs, each Regional Commission must prepare, adopt, maintain, and implement a regional plan. In accordance with DCA’s Standards and Procedures for Regional Planning (“Regional Planning Requirements,” Chapter 100-12-6, Effective 2017), a regional plan is required to be updated every five years. In addition, annual updates to the implementation program component of the regional plan are required.

HOGARC 2019 Regional Plan Timetable

  • April - June 2018: Creation of the Community Assessment Plan and the Public Participation Plan
  • Thursday, 6/27/2018, 5:00 p.m. - Initial Public Hearing, Mount Vernon, Georgia
  • Wednesday, 10/24/2018, 2:00 p.m. - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting, Vidalia, Georgia
  • Tuesday, 10/30/2018, 2:00 p.m. - Public Input Session, Dublin, Georgia
  • November 2018: Public Input and Listening Session to be held in Vidalia
  • November 2018: Steering Committee Meeting
  • December 2018: Public Input and Listening Session to be held in Baxley
  • January 2019: Public Input and Listening Session to be held in Eastman
  • February 2019: Steering Committee Meeting
  • March 2019: Transmittal of the Community Agenda to the Department of Community Affairs for review and approval by the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Board
  • April 2019: Community Agenda under review by Department of Community Affairs
  • June 20, 2019: Public hearing and final adoption of the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Plan

REGIONAL Vision

What is your vision for the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Region? Help define by taking the survey below!

FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2019 REGIONAL PLANNING UPDATE PROCESS, CONTACT US:

331 West Parker Street - Baxley, GA 31513

912. 367. 3648

pope@hogarc.org

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