Comprehensive Plan

Public Input Opportunities

Public comment is still encouraged on the 2018 Comprehensive Plan (Highlighted Draft). Please take a moment to read over the Common Content Questions document that indicates key components of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan (Highlighted Draft). After reading the Common Content Questions and the 2018 Comprehensive Plan (Highlighted Draft) please take a minute to read over and comment on the questionnaire. When complete, you may return paper copies to the Planning Department or return them by email to All written/online comments should be submitted by the end of the day Thursday, February 15.***Adobe reader is required to digitally fill out sheets, paper copies may be scanned and returned to the email above. 


Related Links & Documents

Service Delivery Strategy

2018 Comprehensive Plan Update

The Comprehensive Plan was strategically scheduled to commence in cooperation with Envision Athens, a similar study presently underway. Envision Athens takes a broader approach to community and economic development, while the Comprehensive Plan has set criteria that must be addressed in hopes of providing a collective outline for achieving initiatives highlighted in the plan.

Our efforts are currently focused on community input and participation.  Please take a minute to share your thoughts on our updated Comprehensive Plan questionnaire.

2018 Comprehensive Plan Update

The next informational and public comment session of the 2018 Update will take place at the July 6th Planning Commission meeting, 7:00 PM in the Planning Department Auditorium. Details about the time and location are available here.

Share your initial thoughts here.
 Stakeholders Steering Committee 
 Citizens of Athens Clarke County  Planning Commission
 Mayor & Commission County Commissioner
Envision Athens Steering Committee Envision Athens Co-Chair
  Planning Director
  Economic Development Director
  Housing and Community Development Director

Planning is a Benefit to the Community

One of the fundamental responsibilities of local government is planning and the preparation of plans. Planning is the word we use to describe how a community shapes and guides growth and development. Some people call this process city planning, urban planning, or sometimes land use planning. The results of planning are contained in documents we call comprehensive plans, or growth management plans.

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

Purpose of Planning

What makes a community unique? What does visioning have to do with community? As the Cheshire cat says to Alice in Wonderland, "If you do not know where you are going, any old road will get you there." So it is with a community. Without a vision for what the community can be, it doesn't really matter what it becomes. But successful communities are those that have articulated a vision and pulled together to make that vision a reality. A community vision, whether simple or involved, can be a motivator throughout the community, as long as it is created with inclusion in mind.

For more thoughts on this topic, you maybe interested in Why Do We Plan? A Guidebook for Citizens and Local Planners.


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