Regional Planning

The CSRA Regional Plan (‘the Plan’) is the long-range plan for the management of the region’s projected growth by local governments and the CSRA Regional Commission.  The Plan’s horizon is twenty years but will be updated every five years to address changing regional conditions.  

The current Regional Plan was developed in 2012 and features a work program that is updated on an annual basis.  A full plan update is currently underway and will be completed in 2018.

CSRA Regional Plan 2013-2035

2018 Plan Update

October 26, 2017 - Kickoff public hearing

Summer/Fall 2018 - 3 public listening sessions will be held in 3 counties in different areas of the region.

  • July 17, 2018, 5-7PM - Listening Session at Grovetown CIty Hall
  • July 26, 2018, 4-6PM - Listening Session at Warren County Community Services Building

October 2018 

  • October 30, 2018, 1-5PM- Listening Session at CSRARC
  • October 30, 2018, 6 PM - 2nd public hearing 

December 2018 - Final Plan adoption   

 

As part of the planning process, stakeholders were invited to take a survey regarding the plan update. Survey questions and results will be available in the Final Plan.

 

Regional Goals

Economic Development: to cultivate and maintain a vibrant, diversified economy that expands job opportunities in the region, develops a qualified workforce, supports downtowns as multi-use destinations, and improves the quality of life for all residents

Natural and Cultural Resources:  to protect and preserve natural, environmental and cultural resources in the region from development pressure, build a network of connected communities, and highlight our historic resources and natural assets

Community Facilities and Services: to provide community facilities and services throughout the region that encourage appropriate development and more walkable, mixed use communities that enhance the overall quality of life for all residents

Housing:  to provide a range of housing types and choices, available in urban and rural areas, that is safe and physically and economically accessible to all residents

Land Use and Transportation: to effectively utilize existing infrastructure ensure the coordination of land use and transportation planning in support of improved resident quality of life, including provisions for pedestrians, trails and bicycles, housing, access to recreation and green space, and protected natural and historic areas

Intergovernmental Coordination: to create a culture of collaborative planning and government decision-making, wherein communities join together to define commonalities and development strategies that benefit multiple jurisdictions to further effective growth, increase access to resources, generate cost savings, and promote healthy, active residents

 

SWOT Analysis

STRENGTHS

  • Low Cost of Living Military presence (Fort Gordon)
  • Cyber Growth
  • Access to healthcare in some areas
  • Diversity
  • history and culture
  • Friendly Communities (ex: People in the community help each other).
  • Medical Center
  • Regional location – easy access to Atlanta, Savannah and Columbia
  • Continued strong growth of the metropolitan economy.
  • Availability of adequate long-term water supply.
  • Intellectual capital (higher education).
  • International branding of Augusta (Master’s Golf Tournament).
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Parallels in strategies among economic development organizations.
  • Lakeshore and other natural features
  • Charming small towns
  • Good use of TSPLOST funds 

 

 

 

WEAKNESSES

  • Transportation
  • Fewer job opportunities
  • Lack of broadband access and quality
  • Lack of housing stock
  • Vacant, dilapidated buildings
  • School System
  • Lack of resources/funding for seniors(ex: transportation, housing)
  • Lack of “living wages” jobs available
  • Unfinished infrastructure projects
  • Lack of tech-oriented skilled workers
  • K-12 education
  • Slow/no population growth in some areas
  • High unemployment in some areas
  • Struggling rural hospitals
  • Shrinking rural populations
  • Food desserts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES

  • Cyber Industry growth and expansion
  • Business Development/Work Force
  • TSPLOST renewal for transportation improvements
  • Creation of new sidewalks and trails
  • Tourism
  • Use Rivers/Lakes for resource
  • Fort Gordon mission growth
  • Energy sector growth (i.e. Plant Vogtle, Solar)
  • Area recreational facilities
  • Biotech sector growth
  • Strong entrepreneurial local business community
  • Growing national economy
  • Utilizing form-based codes and/or planned unit developments to allow for mixes of land uses
  • Adaptive reuse of properties owned by land banks
  • Development of school and community gardens

THREATS

  • Lack of resources to implement projects
  • People who don’t want change
  • Lack of qualified workforce
  • Government regulations (Federal/State)
  • Fluctuating commodity prices, particularly in natural resources.
  • Declining Industry Sectors
  • Declining local revenue base
  • Loss of anchor industries and jobs in rural areas.
  • Lack of broadband infrastructure in rural counties.
  • Future base realignment and closure rounds
  • Potential of overlap with other economic development organizations
  • Too much regional competition (plentiful supply of well-located office space and land available in the southeast and therefore no compelling need for an employer to locate here).