The Planning Division is responsible for comprehensive planning for the county. Planning coordinates the plans and development policy between Cobb County and other jurisdictions. There are five primary responsibilities: long-range (comprehensive) planning, research, preservation, local planning (intergovernmental) and mapping.
The Cobb County Comprehensive Plan, 2030 Comprehensive Plan: Mapping Cobb’s Future does not serve as a development ordinance, but rather as a growth management guide for unincorporated areas of the county. The plan is separated into two documents, per Georgia Department of Community Affairs standards, the Community Assessment [PDF] and the Community Agenda. The Community Assessment is the data assessment, preliminary analysis, and public participation schedule for the Comprehensive Plan. The Community Agenda contains the vision, goals, policies, and implementation program portion of the Comprehensive Plan. The Community Agenda is updated annually with minor amendments.
Cobb 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.
In 2011, the Georgia General Assembly approved local legislation that allowed for the alteration, expansion, and renaming of the South Cobb Development Authority to be (SCRA). The purpose of the SCRA is to revitalize and redevelop areas that have been underinvested or underutilized in the past. The overall intent is to promote/create favorable locations for trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities. This is accomplished through the financing of projects that promote the purpose of the authority and assist redevelopment activities through strategic investments, low interests bonds, land banking, and other means.
The Planning Division also assists with the creation of and administers Design Guidelines for specific areas. The design guidelines are sections of the development standards that provide specific criteria for site planning and architectural detailing. The areas covered by design guidelines are graphically depicted for the following areas:
Every county and city in the State of Georgia is required to have a Service Delivery Strategy. The purpose of this agreement is ensure that local governments take a careful look at the services they provide in order to identify overlap or gaps in service provision and develop a more rational approach to allocating delivery and funding of these services. The service delivery strategies are negotiated between the county and its six cities once every ten years. In addition to service delivery, the agreements also set the framework for annexation activity by setting land use parameters on the cities so that there is some consistency between expansion of municipal limits and the county’s policies incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan. If a person has a question about a specific annexation proposal, they should contact the city pursuing the annexation to find out more details about the proposal.
The GIS staff creates and maintains accurate digital computer maps and databases of the county. This digital computer map contains technical and business information about locations and events within the county that will have value to many potential customers. The data contained in GIS is accessible by the county user departments, GIS partners, and customers.