Our community is not the same place it was 20 years ago, nor will it be the same place 20 years from now. Athens-Clarke County is an exciting and vibrant community. Like other communities all over the country, Athens-Clarke County must take active, thoughtful steps to preserve a high quality of life. The path to accomplishing this goal involves planning for how land is to be used, protecting the natural environment, designing visually appealing places, and developing a transportation system that integrates a variety of options.
Developing the Plan
Athens-Clarke County is not alone in the development of comprehensive plans. Every county in Georgia has prepared and must maintain viable comprehensive plan documents. The Georgia Planning Act of 1989 articulates the requirement that every local government in Georgia develop a comprehensive plan meeting the minimum established standards in order to maintain qualified local government certification. The same act gives the Department of Community Affairs the authority to establish these standards and procedures for appropriate and timely comprehensive planning by all local governments.
The purpose of the Community Comprehensive Plan is to help the community address critical issues and opportunities while moving toward realization of a unique vision for the future. Comprehensive plans for every local government in Georgia are required by state statute (OCGA 50-8-7.1 et seq.). Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville adopted the current Community Comprehensive Plan in March 1999. The update to this plan is due June 30, 2008.