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DCA's Office of Planning and Environmental Management

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Programs and Assistance Resources

For more information about any of the programs or resources listed below:

Local Planning Assistance

We provide guidance and a variety of resources for developing Local Comprehensive Plans working out county-wide strategies for delivery of public services (Service Delivery Strategies) and establishing a local Impact Fee system.

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For more information, contact Jon West:  jon.west@dca.ga.gov or 404.327.6872

PlanFirst Program

We offer recognition and benefits to communities that maintain a culture of continuous improvement through consistent success with implementing their comprehensive plan.

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For more information, contact Adriane Wood: adriane.wood@dca.ga.gov or

478.319.0433

Water Resources Technical Assistance

We provide assistance for managing water resources at the local level, including the WaterFirst program, which recognizes and rewards communities that excel in stewardship of water resources.   

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For more information, contact Deatre Denion: deatre.denion@dca.ga.gov or 912.704.4136.

Community Planning Institute

We offer practical training on key issues faced by local governments, including: 

  • Preparing your local comprehensive plan
  • Implementing your local comprehensive plan
  • Managing water resources
  • Finding the right ordinances to fit local needs  
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For more information, contact Adriane Wood:  adriane.wood@dca.ga.gov, or 478.319.0433.

Regional Planning Assistance

We provide funding and guidance for quality planning-related services to local governments by the Regional Commissions.

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For more information, contact Elizabeth Smith: elizabeth.smith@dca.ga.gov or 404.679.0666.

Best Practices & Model Code

We identify practical Best Practices for sustainable community and economic development in each city or county in Georgia.  Our Model Code provides a variety of easy to use ordinances for addressing particular local needs.

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For more information, contact Adriane Wood: adriane.wood@dca.ga.gov or

478.319.0433

Solid Waste Management, Recycling and Radon Assistance

We provide guidance and resources for managing solid waste at the local level, including support to communities and organizations in setting up, expanding, or adjusting their local or regional recycling programs. We support a statewide education program to help homeowners and builders reduce indoor airborne radon levels, though our partners at the University of Georgia Extension Service

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For more information, contact Deatre Denion: deatre.denion@dca.ga.gov or 912.704.4136.