​​​​​Our community development activities focus on fulfilling the region's vision and goals as well as the protection of the region's environmental and cultural resources. We provide technical assistance to local governments in comprehensive planning, local development regulations, and other specialized planning studies. The Community Development program also provides information and public policy options to local governments based on sound research and analysis.

Here are some of the services our Community and Economic Development Program delivers to Southern Georgia communities:

Economic Development

SGRC's Economic Development Program focuses on improving the economic condition of businesses and communities in Southern Georgia. This program facilitates local and regional projects that promote economic development and job creation as well as the planning and development of industrial park sites. The Economic Development program also provides research and marketing services for communities to draw new business to the region. Our Economic Development Program also delivers grant writing and technical assistance to Southern Georgia governments. Current regional economic development documents can be downloaded below.

DRAFT 2018-2022 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

2013-2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

2016 CEDS annual report

2014 Digital Economy Plan 

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) 
The Southern Georgia Regional Commission's (SGRC) CEDS is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic road map to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. The SGRC CEDS will analyze the regional economy and serve as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives, a regional plan of action, and the investment priorities and funding sources. The SGRC CEDS is a regionally-owned strategy that is the result of a continuing economic development planning process developed with regional public and private sector participation. 
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Comprehensive Planning

A Comprehensive Plan outlines a framework for the development of an area, recognizing the physical, economic, social, political, aesthetic, and related factors of a community. Per state requirements, each local government in Georgia must prepare, adopt, maintain, and implement a Comprehensive Plan that meets the required Minimum Standards, to be updated every five years. A comprehensive plan typically results from lengthy and intensive analysis, and provides the overall guiding principles for growth and development of a community. SGRC provides technical assistance to Southern Georgia local governments for comprehensive planning. For information specific to each community's Comprehensive Plan, see the links below. Also check our Facebook page for updates.

Regional Plan

​The first workshop for the Regional Plan Update will be Thursday, September 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the SGRC office, 327 W Savannah Ave., Valdosta, GA.

Click here to view the draft Regional Plan Update workbook.

Local Plans (Listed By County)

Atkinson County

  • 2010 Partial Comprehensive Plan Update
  •  2017-2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update: The kick-off meeting will be Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m., at the Atkinson County EMA Center, 664 Austin Ave., Pearson, GA.

Bacon County

Ben Hill County

Berrien County

Brantley County

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Brooks County

Charlton County

Clinch County

Coffee County

Cook County

Echols County

Irwin County

Lanier County

Lowndes County

Pierce County

Tift County

Turner County

Ware County

External Comprehensive Planning Links:

Land Development Codes and Zoning Ordinances

Brantley County Land Development Code

City of Douglas Land Development Code

City of Lakeland Land Development Code

City of Lake Park Subdivision Regulations

City of Quitman Land Development Code

City of Sparks Land Development Code

Joint Land Use Studies

Moody AFB Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)

SGRC provides technical assistance to local governments in comprehensive planning, local development regulations  information, and public policy options, as well as the improvement of the economic condition of businesses and communities in Southern Georgia.

Community & Economic Development

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