Agenda Item # 2

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting


Agenda Report # 34

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 2038 Comprehensive Plan

INITIATED BY: Planning Department

Recommendation: Approval is requested that the 2028 Comprehensive Plan be updated to reflect a new, modern Comprehensive Plan.

Background: For the past 14 months, the Planning Department has developed a new comprehensive plan for our community. The Comprehensive Plan is the community's vision for the future through descriptive text and maps, and provides a plan to implement that vision. This plan is largely based upon the input gathered from multiple public meetings, citizen and technical review stakeholder meetings, surveys, websites, and other multiple involvement channels. The goals of this plan are two-fold: 1) to create local excitement about Columbus's future, engaging community members and encouraging them to help move the Plan forward; and, 2) to provide Columbus leaders with a "concise, user-friendly" document that is applicable to the day-to-day decisions of the City.

Analysis: Per state law, Comprehensive Plans must be updated every 10 years and its Short Term Work Program (STWP) must be updated every 5 years.

Financial Considerations: There are numerous financial considerations that are taken into account with a Comprehensive Plan (particularly the STWP), such as capital expenditures, SPLOST projects, administrative funding, and so on. Within the STWP. many of the completions listed in the Appendix 2 spreadsheet were handled administratively via city staff and existing department budgets. However, regardless of the funding, the STWP still needs to be programmed in as funding situations may change. Several projects have been carried over to the 2019-2023 STWP.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A

Legal Considerations: The 2038 Comprehensive Plan is in accordance with state law.

Recommendations/Actions: Approval is requested that the 2038 Comprehensive Plan be approved for submission to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (see attached).

Comp Plan 2038 - Final.pdf

WHEREAS, the Columbus Planning Department has completed the 2018-2038 Columbus Comprehensive Plan; and,

WHEREAS, this document was prepared according to the Standards and procedures for Local Comprehensive Planning as established by the Georgia Planning Act of 1989 and as amended by the 2012 updated minimum standards.


That the Columbus Consolidated Government does hereby adopt the 2018-2039 Columbus Comprehensive Plan.

Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the day of , 2018 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor House voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.

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Lindsey Glisson, Deputy Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor