Comprehensive Plan (2017 - 2037)

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.

Please access the links below for the different components of the Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan, including the Community Character Map.

2019 Supplement: Community Work Program (CWP) and Capital Improvement Element (CIE)A CWP 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 CWP 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. 


Comprehensive Plan Q&A

What is the Comprehensive Plan?

The Comprehensive Plan is a document that addresses critical issues and opportunities within a community that incorporates a shared vision for the community’s future. The plan reviews past trends, evaluates current conditions, describes a preferred future scenario for growth and provides an implementation plan to achieve desired goals and objectives. The plan essentially serves as a policy guide as decisions are made in relation to growth and land use change.  A Comprehensive Plan is a result of public planning processes that involve members of the community who work together to visualize the desired shape and distribution of growth through a collaborative dialogue. 

Forsyth County’s Comprehensive Plan went through a major update in 2016 - 17 according to state planning requirements; this major update was executed ahead of the required schedule.  Local planning rules and procedures are administered through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). DCA reviews the update and must approve it before the revised Comprehensive Plan can be adopted by the county and go into effect.

What are Character Areas?

Specific geographic locales that have unique, recognizable characteristics that are different from adjacent areas. Distinctions are based on the form, pattern and intensity of land development.

Why are Character Areas Important?

These areas may contain special features to preserve or enhance; have the potential to develop into a distinctive district through planning and appropriate implementation measures; or require special consideration due to specific development concerns.

Contact Us

 Address: 110 East Main Street
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Cumming, GA 30040
 Phone: 770-781-2115
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Our Mission

Our department's mission is to develop partnerships with all members of the community in an effort to provide valuable planning and development services that promote quality development and help create communities that will be enjoyed for generations to come.