Regional Planning

The HOGA Regional Plan (‘the Plan’) is the long-range plan for the management of the region’s projected growth by local governments and the HOGA Regional Commission. The Plan’s horizon is twenty years but will be updated every five years to address changing regional conditions.

The current Regional Plan was developed in 2012 and features a work program that is updated on an annual basis. A full plan update is currently underway and will be completed in 2018.

About the Regional Plan:

Each regional commission throughout the state is required to develop and update a regional plan every five years. These plans not only guide the work of the regional commission, but also help identify regional priorities and issues of importance that confront many of its communities. In the final regional plan, the regional commission will develop goals, such as growing a balanced economy, protecting natural and cultural resources, providing adequate infrastructure and government services, and coordinating land use and transportation planning to support sustainable economic development.

Plan Components:

  • The Regional Assessment is the first part and foundation of the regional plan. It provides an objective and professional assessment of data and information about the region.
  • The second part of the regional plan is a Stakeholder Involvement Program that describes the Regional Commission’s strategy for engaging members of the public to ensure adequate participation in the preparation of the Regional Agenda.
  •  The Regional Agenda is the final part of the regional plan and is the most important. It includes the region’s vision for the future, as well as the strategy for achieving this vision.
  •  Finally, a Regionally Important Resource Plan systematically identifies regionally important resources in each region and recommends best practices for use in managing these important resources.

Public Involvement

Engagement with regional stakeholders is a critically important part of regional plan development, as it allows HOGARC staff to receive feedback about the biggest challenges facing residents of the region, and how best to alleviate those problems. It also allows citizens to have their voice expressed in the regional vision and in the development of regional strategies and work programs. Public input is always welcome on regional planning documents and may be submitted to….

Past Regional Plan Documents:

HOGARC staff develops updates to the regional plan every five years. Below are pertinent documents from the last update in 2012. Regional stakeholders are encouraged to review this information, and contact the regional commission with any questions or comments

Local Comprehensive Planning:

Like the region as a whole, each local government is required to prepare updates to its local comprehensive plan every five years. HOGARC frequently is asked to assist with this task. Information about ongoing comprehensive planning in our communities can be found HERE.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy:

To complement additional regional planning efforts, HOGARC also prepares and maintains a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) under the guidelines of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This document is also updated every five years and is developed in close consultation  with regional economic development stakeholders.

  • 2019 Plan Update

HOGARC 2019 Regional Plan Timetable

  • April - June 2018: Creation of the Community Assessment Plan and the Public Participation Plan
  • Thursday, 6/27/2018, 5:00 p.m. - Initial Public Hearing, Mount Vernon, Georgia
  • Wednesday, 10/24/2018, 2:00 p.m. - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting, Vidalia, Georgia
  • Tuesday, 10/30/2018, 2:00 p.m. - Public Input Session, Dublin, Georgia
  • November 2018: Public Input and Listening Session to be held in Vidalia
  • November 2018: Steering Committee Meeting
  • December 2018: Public Input and Listening Session to be held in Baxley
  • January 2019: Public Input and Listening Session to be held in Eastman
  • February 2019: Steering Committee Meeting
  • March 2019: Transmittal of the Community Agenda to the Department of Community Affairs for review and approval by the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Board
  • April 2019: Community Agenda under review by Department of Community Affairs
  • June 20, 2019: Public hearing and final adoption of the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Plan