Draft Cobb County 2040 Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Update will be posted online for public comment on Tuesday, June 28

The draft Cobb County 2040 Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Update will be posted online by the county on Tuesday, June 28 for a mandatory public comment period ending in a final public hearing on July 26, 2022.

The following public notice announced a public hearing on the day the project will be posted:

Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 7:00 p.m., the Cobb County Board of Commissioners will hold a second public hearing into the five-year update to the Cobb County 2040 Comprehensive Plan in accordance with the regulations of the ‘State. This public hearing will be held in the Second Floor Commissioner’s Meeting Room, Cobb County Building, 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta, Georgia 30090. After the public hearing, a copy of the Proposed Five-Year Update to the 2040 Comprehensive Plan may be viewed online at www. cobbcounty.org/comdev for public review and inspection for 30 days.

The purpose of updating the plan is described in an agenda item for the next Council of Commissioners meeting as follows:

The Community Development Agency launched a five-year update to Cobb County’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan on October 12, 2021. The Comprehensive Plan 2040 is a community-designed, long-term growth strategy that will continue to make Cobb County an attractive place to invest. , doing business and raising a family.

The current plan, adopted in 2017 with subsequent annual amendments, covers the period between 2017 and 2040.

The five-year update, which is mandated by the State of Georgia, ensures that the plan’s existing needs, goals, and policies are still relevant and that the five-year community work program is current. The five-year update to the 2040 Comprehensive Plan will continue to help the county manage projected population and employment growth and guide investments in land use, transportation, housing and other elements. that make Cobb County a great place to live, work and play. .

The Georgian Ministry of Community Affairs describes the role of the state in the local planning process and the incentives for local governments to participate in the process, as follows:

To encourage local government engagement in comprehensive planning, Georgia is incentivizing it by allowing cities and counties with comprehensive DCA-approved plans to access a special set of financial resources to help them implement their plans. This includes Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Water and Sewer Loans, OneGeorgia Authority Economic Development Funding, and a variety of other DCA programs and of partner agencies… Eligibility for this incentive package is called Qualified Local Government (QLG) Status.

What has already happened in the planning process

The following steps have already taken place.

Community meetings/workshops:

  • January 24, 2022; virtual meeting; County wide
  • February 3, 2022; virtual meeting; District 4
  • February 10, 2022; virtual meeting; District 3
  • February 24, 2022; virtual meeting; District 2
  • March 3, 2022; West Cobb Senior Center; District 1

Community Open Houses:

  • April 18, 2022; Cobb County Civic Center; County wide
  • April 21, 2022; Tim D. Lee Senior Center; District 3
  • April 25, 2022; South Cobb Community Center; District 4Page 11 of 389 Apr 28, 2022; West Cobb Senior Center; District 1
  • May 5, 2022; Windy Hill Community Center; District 2

Stakeholder meeting/interviews

  • December 16, 2021; Parks administration building
  • January and February 2022; Stakeholder interviews (virtual)

Public hearings

  • October 12, 2021; To start up
  • June 28, 2022; Notify the community of the public review
  • July 26, 2022; Notify community of submission to Regional Development Center for review

What happens next?

The deadline for the Cobb Board of Commissioners to adopt the plan and submit it to the Atlanta Regional Commission is September 12, 2022. Failure to meet this deadline could jeopardize the county’s qualified local government status, which is the mechanism by which Cobb County is eligible for federal government.
and state funding.

Once the CRA reviews the plan, it will return to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners for adoption.

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