Comprehensive Plan 2040


Beginning with the Georgia Planning Act of 1989, every local government in Georgia is required to develop and adopt a long-range comprehensive plan in order to maintain Qualified Local Government (QLG) status. This plan is a 20-year policy guide that assesses current conditions, projects future trends, develops strategies and goals, and creates a work program to achieve these goals. According to the Georgia Planning Act, these plans must be updated every ten years. The City of Marietta performed the last comprehensive plan update in 2006. The next update is due by October 31, 2017.


As outlined by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the comprehensive plan will serve as a facts-based resource for local constituents that tracks implementation of community-based policies. Through the development and implementation of the plan, the City of Marietta will have a strategic direction that guides decision-making in a way that maximizes resources, mitigates challenges and shapes development. Additionally, this document will provide clarity to stakeholders (businesses, residents, partners, other governmental entities, etc.), allowing them to understand the direction of their community.

Contents of the Plan

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is responsible for setting minimum standards and procedures for local comprehensive planning. The purpose of the minimum standards is to provide a framework for the development, management and implementation of local comprehensive plans. The standards that apply to the 2040 Marietta Comprehensive Plan were set on March 1, 2014. The contents of Marietta’s Plan must include the following elements:
  • Community Goals: a combination of a general vision statement, a list of community goals, community policies, and character areas.
  • Community Work Program: a list of specific activities the City intends to accomplish over the next five years.
  • Housing: consideration of the community’s housing characteristics.
  • Land Use: an update of future land use maps and character area maps.
  • Needs and Opportunities: an examination of current data and trends, review of the existing plan, and engagement of stakeholders.
  • Transportation: evaluation of the components of transportation system.