The Comprehensive Plan is an important, guiding policy document that addresses a wide range of factors and presents short and long range recommendations. State law requires Gordon County and its five municipalities to update their respective Comprehensive Plans periodically. As prescribed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the update of the Comprehensive Plan follows the Standards and Procedures for Local Comprehensive Planning. The Comprehensive Plan is a joint effort that includes the County and the municipalities of Fairmount, Plainville, Ranger and Resaca.
Qualified Local Government (QLG) status
To encourage local governments' engagement in comprehensive planning, Georgia incentivizes it by allowing cities and counties with DCA-approved comprehensive plans access to a special package of financial resources to aid in implementing their plans. This includes Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), water and sewer loans from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), economic development funding from the OneGeorgia Authority, and a variety of other programs from DCA and partner agencies (a detailed list is available in the "Fact Sheets" section, below). Eligibility for this package of incentives is called Qualified Local Government (QLG) status.