Southern Georgia Regional Commission

Local Government Services

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The SGRC's Local Government Services Department assists local governments in completing required updates to their Comprehensive Plans and Short Term Work Programs. Further responsibilities include facilitating regular assessment meetings to assure their Qualified Local Government Status stays up to date, and conduct regular government visits to educate on the regional and local comprehensive plans. Staff also facilitates educational workshops as requested by the local governments.


‚ÄčThe technical assistance we provide to local governments includes the following:

  • ‚ÄčResearch and report on rezoning or land use matters and annexations that come before the Planning Commissions, City Councils, and County Commissions with public meetings and workshops.
  • Research and report on revisions to zoning maps, zoning texts, and variances.
  • Facilitate Visioning projects.
  • Develop or update Land Use Development Codes.
  • Develop or update Subdivision Ordinances.
  • Develop or update Urban Redevelopment Plans.
  • Develop or update Opportunity Zones.
  • Assist with PlanFirst Applications.
  • Assist with WaterFirst Applications.
  • Assist with Greenway Trails Projects.
  • Develop and update Hazard Mitigation Plans.
  • Assist with City/County-led Planned Developments.


For more information about our current projects and programs, including Comprehensive Plans, Hazard Mitigation Plans, Land Development Codes, and more, please see the links to the left.


NEW! City of Waycross Northside Urban Redevelopment Plan - 2018 Amendments

Click here to download the draft amended Waycross Northside Urban Redevelopment Plan.

A public hearing to review amendments to the Urban Redevelopment Plan for the Waycross Northside Urban Redevelopment Area will be held on Monday, January 29th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall, 417 Pendleton St., Waycross, GA. The purpose of this hearing is to brief the community on the proposed amendments to the Urban Redevelopment Plan, provide an opportunity for public participation and input, and answer any questions or concerns.  Persons with special needs relating to disability access or foreign language should contact the City of Waycross at 912-287-2900. Persons with hearing disabilities may consider using the Georgia Relay Service, at 1-800-255-0135.  All persons are invited to attend the public hearing. If you would like more information, please contact the City of Waycross at 912-287-2900 or contact Ariel Godwin at the Southern Georgia Regional Commission, 229-333-5277.  Comments and questions can also be submitted by e-mail; please contact agodwin@sgrc.us. 


NEW! City of Ashburn Urban Redevelopment Plan

Click here to download the draft 2018 Southwest Ashburn Urban Redevelopment Plan

A public hearing to review the Urban Redevelopment Plan for the Southwest Ashburn Urban Redevelopment Area will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. at Ashburn City Hall, 259 East Washington Street, Ashburn, Georgia. The purpose of this hearing is to brief the community on the proposed Urban Redevelopment Plan, provide an opportunity for public participation and input, and answer any questions or concerns.
Persons with special needs relating to disability access or foreign language should contact the City of Ashburn at (229) 567-3431. Persons with hearing disabilities may consider using the Georgia Relay Service, at 1-800-255-0135.
All persons are invited to attend the public hearing. If you would like more information, please contact the City of Ashburn at (229) 567-3431 or contact Ariel Godwin at the Southern Georgia Regional Commission, 229-333-5277.