In October 2016, Roswell completed its 2035 Comprehensive Plan to provide long-range policy direction for land use, transportation, economic development, housing, public facilities, inter-governmental agreements and natural/cultural resources.
The process involved a variety of stakeholders including Elected Officials, City Staff, a Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, Regulatory Agencies, a Consultant Team led by Pond & Company, and the General Public.
Please see the links below for the adopted plan and supporting materials.
Community Meetings - March 2016
- Presentation - Including discussion of map exercise results
- City Overview and Project Timeline
- Needs and Opportunities and Policies Assessment
- Current and Proposed Future Development Map
- Details on Changes Proposed in Future Development Map
- Future Land Use - Zoning Compatibility
To provide comments, please email Jackie Deibel.
Community Meetings - December 2015 & January 2016
- Key Findings Report
- Public Hearing Presentation - September 16, 2015
- Advisory Committee Presentation - February 18, 2016
- Advisory Committee Handout - February 18, 2016
2030 Comprehensive Plan
Roswell's 2030 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Mayor and City Council in 2010, after review by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
A Future Development Map is included in the Plan and serves as a graphic representation of the type of development that the City desires for the 2030 planning horizon. This map identifies different character areas of the City and is accompanied by a narrative description of each area which includes a vision/intent, design principles and goals. The Future Land Use map that accompanies the 2030 Comprehensive Plan can be obtained through the GIS Division.
How do you implement a Comprehensive Plan?
There will be recommendations and implementation strategies contained within the plan which will outline short-term, mid-term, and long-term strategies. These strategies will constantly be reviewed and executed by the City and many other individuals and groups involved with growth and development in the future.
How does this plan relate to other planning efforts?
A Comprehensive Plan is the basis for many other planning activities, such as creation of development regulations, transportation planning, park and open space planning, and economic development strategies. It provides a general framework for other, more specific planning.
How are environmental issues addressed in the Comprehensive Plan?
The environmental element of the plan provides guidance for achieving a balance between protecting the environment and planning for the orderly development of the city.
What is not considered part of a Comprehensive Plan?
A Comprehensive Plan is not a fiscal policy document; it will not provide specific dollar amounts for current or future expansion of services for the city’s needs nor will it provide specific cost/benefit information about various infrastructure improvements and taxes. It also does not include an economic impact assessment.
Can the Comprehensive Plan be changed?
At a minimum, a plan update must be completed every 10 years, in accordance with the Local Comprehensive Plan Recertification Schedule maintained by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. However, after five years, community leaders may determine that the comprehensive plan needs to be updated, based upon the degree of change in the community. If only minor changes have taken place, then revisions to the plan may be sufficient, in the form of plan amendments. If significant changes have occurred in community conditions (i.e., if the data upon which the plan is based has become significantly outdated, or the community’s vision has changed), an update of the comprehensive plan or a major plan amendment may be needed. Public hearings and a vote by the Mayor and City Council are required for any changes to the Plan.
What is the difference between the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Ordinance?
The Comprehensive Plan guides decisions regarding growth and development. It establishes policies pertaining to various elements as required by the State of Georgia. The Zoning Ordinance is part of the city’s code and regulates the use, scale, and intensity of development that are allowed in various districts.
Why do we need a Comprehensive Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan process allows residents and local decision makers to identify and respond to changing community needs and desires in a thoughtful rather than reactive way. The new process requires representation from all the citizens and outlines implementation mechanisms.
All local governments in the State of Georgia are required to adopt a Comprehensive Plan for their locality. While Georgia does not require strict adherence to them, once adopted the plan becomes policy guides for the future growth.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan is a municipality’s road map for the future. This official, living, city-wide public document provides long range policy direction for land use, transportation, economic development, housing, public facilities, intergovernmental agreements along with its natural and cultural resources. It serves as a guide for elected and public officials by providing the framework for evaluating development proposals. Included in the Comprehensive Plan are strategies for program funding for all city departments.