Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan (2012-2032)
The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to guide the intensity, location and timing of development and to ensure compatibility with existing uses, infrastructure and economic trends while protecting natural and cultural resources.
Forsyth County's Comprehensive Plan serves as a policy guide as decisions are made in relation to growth and land use change. The plan addresses critical issues and opportunities through the incorporation of a shared vision for the community's future.
According to the Standards and Procedures for Local Comprehensive Planning from the Rules of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Chapter 110-12-1, the county is required to undergo an update to the Comprehensive Plan every 10 years. Consequently, a plan update was approved by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners on March 15, 2012. The plan contains three components: The Community Assessment, Community Participation Program and Community Agenda. The Community Assessment is a snapshot of existing conditions that assisted stakeholders during the update process with envisioning the county over the next twenty years as growth occurs. The Community Participation Program was the public participation plan that was followed as the county underwent a 15 month public process for the update. The Community Agenda encompasses the community's vision, based on identified issues and opportunities that guided the future development map and narrative, which is supported by implementation measures intended to achieve the vision reached through public input. These measures include the policies section of the plan along with the short term work program, which is a five-year action plan created to incrementally attain long term goals. The short term work program is updated annually as implementation measures are addressed.
Please access the links below for the different components of the Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan, including the Future Development Map. Note that blank pages are intentional within each chapter and the document as a whole for printing purposes.
Census 2010 Snapshot
2013 Supplement: Short Term Work Program (STWP) and Capital Improvement Element (CIE) - A STWP sets out the specific actions the local government intends to take during the next five years to implement the Comprehensive Plan. Each item listed in the STWP includes information on the responsible party, funding sources and estimated cost. Not all action items can be addressed in the next five years. These items will be included as part of the work program at some point over the twenty-year period.
Service Delivery Strategy - The Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) is a document required by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which outlines the services that Forsyth County and the City of Cumming provide in order to ensure that service delivery allocation and funding of these services is as efficient as possible.
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