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2040 Comprehensive Plan

CompPlan2040 finalCobb County is updating its Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range, community designed growth strategy that will continue to make Cobb County an attractive place to invest, conduct business, and raise a family. The current plan, adopted in 2007 with subsequent annual amendments, covers the time period between 2007 and 2030. The update will extend the current plan’s growth outlook to 2040. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which is mandated by the State of Georgia, will help Cobb County manage expected population and employment growth and coordinate major public investments in Public Safety, Transportation, Community Facilities, and other important elements that make Cobb a great place to live, work and play.




2040 Comprehensive Plan Final Draft

Appendix 1: Community Profile (Background Report)*

Appendix 2: Community Engagement*

Appendix 3: Community Work Program*

Appendix 4: Small Area Policy Guidelines*

Appendix 5: Report of Accomplishments*

Appendix 6: Supplemental Plan Synopsis*

Appendix 7: Cobb Survey Report*

Appendix 8: Regional Water Plan & Environ. Criteria*


*Final Draft linked above and Appendices 1-8 contain revised content from September 2017

To view the Cobb 2040 Comprehensive Plan Memo to the Board of Commissioners showing the edits made from the last draft, Click Here.

Please note: some files may take longer to download due to size and download speed

Comprehensive Plan Update Process

The Comprehensive Plan update will result in a new Comprehensive Plan that will guide the county out to 2040. The revised plan will address Cobb’s vision, policies and goals based on the existing plan and community involvement. A new community work program will be established with short and long term implementation items. Cobb County Community Development will be the lead agency for carrying out a successful 2040 Comprehensive Plan update by working with numerous public, private, and nonprofit partners. Community Development staff will facilitate a wide variety of community involvement opportunities including Steering Committee meetings, informative and interactive public meetings, workshops, surveys, interviews, social media and online feedback.

Starting early in the process and continuing throughout the development of the plan will be a series of Steering Committee meetings. The Steering Committee meetings will include comprehensive plan education, exercises designed to gather input, a review of presentation materials for upcoming community meetings as well as discussions regarding feedback from prior community meetings. A critical part of the comprehensive plan development will be the involvement of the general public. Community involvement will be the foundation of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The planning team will host approximately nine (9) meetings throughout the county in effort to interact with the community and to solicit thoughts, ideas, public support and trust. The participation techniques will revolve around public interaction, public education, public input.


Public Participation

Civic engagement is a central component to any planning process. In order for community involvement to be successful, citizens must be encouraged to become active in the planning process. The plan will be reflect the community’s preferences and desires if the entire project team is able to gather input from a wide range of stakeholders with various interests. A public participation plan does exist within the Cobb 2040 Plan Development document that describes the purpose and process of how the community can get involved in the update process.

In the fall of 2015, Community Development staff carried out four public meetings through-out Cobb County aimed at educating the community about what the 2040 Comprehensive Plan is, provided information about supporting existing conditions data, and facilitated break-out groups to collect information from the public related to the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) of the county. The information gathered from the community meetings along with existing conditions data will assist in forming the needs and opportunities, which will help identify key goals and policies. The following information is the presentation that was giving to the community and summary of comments from the SWOT analysis.

Public Meeting Presentation [PDF]

Public Meeting SWOT Comments [PDF]

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Cobb County Community Development
Planning Division
P.O. Box 649
Marietta, GA 30061-0649

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