Decatur’s primary planning document, the Strategic Plan, affirms our city’s big picture vision, defines our principles, and lays out a decade-long task list for city leaders, staff, and citizens. It’s completed in ten year increments and is due to be updated again in 2020. Each year, all department goals and budgets are tied directly to the plan and its myriad objectives.
A variety of specialized plans also exists to guide, respond to, or expand upon specific tasks within the broader Strategic Plan.
Complementing these efforts, the Comprehensive Plan is a process required by the state of Georgia to ensure all communities achieve minimum planning standards and procedures. Because Decatur’s existing culture of planning far exceeds what’s mandated by the state, we use the Comprehensive Plan process as an opportunity to do a midterm check-up of our larger strategic goals and accomplishments. Comprehensive planning occurs at or around each decade’s midpoint. It was last updated in 2005.
Find more information about the Comprehensive Plan Update process at DecaturNext.com.