Welcome to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Community Planning Institute (CPI)

Program Description


The DCA Office of Planning and Environmental Management, in partnership with the Georgia Planning Association, offers a series of classes called the Community Planning Institute to Georgia’s planning commissioners, elected officials and local government staff. The Institute provides information about planning for land use, growth and development, as well as for efficient management of local water resources.

Upcoming Class

CPI: Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan

April 20-21, 2017

Unicoi State Park and Lodge

For hotel information, www.unicoilodge.com, or call for reservations 1-800-573-9659

To get the group rate, must say you are with the GA Department of Community Affairs.


The Community Planning Institute has been approved by the

Georgia Planning Association for AICP CM Credits.

Registration Form


Agenda for CPI

There will not be presentation handouts at the workshop, if you do require hard copies please print and bring them for your own reference.  The presentation material is listed below:

Planning 101

Rules for Local Comprehensive Planning in Georgia

Using Planning for Housing through GICH

Zoning and Other Tools for Implementing Your Plan

Using Your Plan Effectively: City of Roswell

Best Practices in Plan Implementation

Best Practices in Community Engagement

Using Your Plan Effectively: Town of Porterdale

Using Your Plan Effectively for Community Development: City of Madison

Planning & Zoning in the Trenches

Information Material



Information Sources


You may be eligible for a scholarship for your Planning CPI Class through the Denise Abbound Memorial Fund, Georgia Planning Memorial Foundation at The Georgia Planning Association website.   Fill out a  Scholarship_Application or

more information is available at:

The Georgia Planning Memorial Foundation


The Community Planning Institute consists of three classes:

  • Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan is a 2-day class that covers the local planning process. This class provides:
    • An overview of the importance of community planning– why we plan and who should be involved;
    • A review of Georgia’s planning requirements; 
    • How to engage your constituents in envisioning and planning for their future;
    • Plan implementation tools, including successful examples from PlanFirst communities;
    • Other plan implementation tools such as zoning or form-based codes. 
  • Managing your water resources is an overview of Georgia’s water resources and what local governments can do to wisely use and protect these resources. The day starts with a brief history of water planning in Georgia, followed by an overview of state and regional water issues. After lunch, the session includes best practices for stormwater management. The day ends with an overview of better wastewater management practices, and a hands-on activity to put the day’s lessons into useful perspective.
  • Principles for Integrating Planning for Hazard Mitigation and Land Use provides an overview of the importance of planning to enable quicker recovery from future natural disaster events. This session includes best practices for hazard mitigation in the context of land use planning (including GIS mapping.), and discussion of proposed model zoning code sections and how to apply them. It explains the benefits of proactive land use planning by local governments to both enable better recovery efforts and diminish the negative impacts of such a hazard event on your community. (This class is not currently being offered. If you would like to view an earlier presentation click here or to learn more about this effort click here.)  



Contact Information

For more information about Planning and Environmental Management, please contact the Office of Planning and Environmental Management at 404-679-5279

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231