Agenda Item # 1

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

10/22/2013

Agenda Report # 41


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 2028 Comprehensive Plan - 5 year update of the Short Term Work Program

INITIATED BY: Will Johnson, Planning Department


Recommendation: The Planning Department recommends that the 2028 Comprehensive Plan be updated to reflect a new 5-year Short Term Work Program for years 2014-2018.

Background: The Short Term Work Program identifies specific implementation actions the City intends to take during 5-year planning periods. The 1st Short Term Work Program will expire at the end of the year. The Short Term Work Program includes any ordinances, administrative systems, community improvements or investments, financing arrangements, or other programs / initiatives to be put in place to implement the Comprehensive Plan as a whole.

Each item in the Short Term Work Program includes a beginning and ending date, a responsible party, a cost estimate, and a funding source.

Analysis: The 1st Short Term Work Program (STWP) will end on December 31, 2013. Attached is a spreadsheet showing progress during the aforementioned 1st program.



Financial Considerations: There are numerous financial considerations that are taken into account with a STWP, such as capital expenditures, SPLOST projects, administrative funding, and so on. Many of the completions listed in the above 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 2014-2018 STWP.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A

Legal Considerations: The Georgia Department of Community Affairs requires that all STWPs be updated every 5 years. Therefore, the resolution adopting the 2nd STWP has to occur in October 2013 to meet the state deadline. The next full update (by Georgia law) of the 2028 Comprehensive Plan will be in 2018.

Recommendations/ Actions: The Planning Department recommends that the 2028 Comprehensive Plan be updated to reflect a new 5-year Short Term Work Program for years 2014-2018 (see attached).




A RESOLUTION

NO.


WHEREAS, growth strategies legislation enacted by the Georgia General Assembly mandated that each of Georgia’s counties and cities prepare Comprehensive Plans and update these plans at least every five years; and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus Planning Department met with the River Valley Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs on June 20, 2013 to review accomplishments from the 2009-2013 Short Term Work Program and discuss goals for the 2014-2018 Short Term Work Program; and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus Consolidated Government has prepared the required status report and update of its Short Term Work Program.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit and the Columbus Consolidated Government, acting on behalf of the City of Columbus, does hereby submit the above-described Comprehensive Plan update to the River Valley Regional Commission for review, comments, and recommendations.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2013, 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 Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor McDaniel voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor