Comprehensive Plan 2040

Approved Rockdale County Comprehensive Plan

Planning and Development is responsible for the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, which is the main planning document in Rockdale County. The Comprehensive Plan is updated on a regular basis, with the engagement of the community. It provides a long-term vision for the County which is reflected in zoning, land use and development regulations.

Public Forum / Community Input Dates

Public comment Meeting

The Public Comment Meeting is an opportunity for citizens to note any changes they would like to see in the draft plan, and allow for citizens to give constructive feedback on proposed improvement, development and goals of the County.

Required Element Description Objective
Housing Identify the areas of greatest need in the current housing stock. Create responsive measures to ensure housing stock does not decline, and meets the current population need, and growth expectations.
Public Facilities Identify public facilities (buildings, recreation centers, and public access structure or locations) which need to expand services, location, availability and programming. Develop context of public facilities, aligned with the Parks and Recreation Master Plan goals and objectives.
Transportation Identify locations, factors and variables of concern in traffic, measures of traffic management, and alternative uses of transportation. Improve the quality of traffic flow to reduce accidents, increase accessibility, promote alternative transportation and maintain traffic flow.
Land Use Identify current land uses, and potential uses of land for future development. Generate practical guidelines in future development, which will least impact current use, for the purpose of sustainable and stable growth.
Economic Development Identify contributors to the workforce, and establish patterns of advancement. Identify future progress to anticipate needs in infrastructure, workforce development, and site development. Develop standards of responses to businesses. Evaluate current infrastructure availability to existing and potential sites, and establish criteria for neutralizing an residual threat to population.
Capital Improvement – Infrastructure Identify areas in greatest demand, and classify threats to future development in expansion or demolition of properties. Evaluate the current impact fee structure to assess its applicability in the current market.
Cultural and Natural Resources Identify areas of natural preservation, cultural landmarks, and contributions to local history, branding, and local identity. Advance efforts to preserve areas of natural resource, historical landmarks, cultural icons and invest effort to branding the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

The State of Georgia, like the majority of other states in the nation, requires that municipalities prepare a comprehensive plan covering a 20-year span. The plan is based on the existing conditions of the community. It proposes a vision of the future, and it deploys policies for the implementation of this vision. It is a process that involves all stakeholders, from elected officials to business owners and families. It addresses land use but also includes provisions for infrastructure like roads and sewers, community services, and protection of the natural environment.

For more information on the state requirements, consult the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ website.

Why do we plan for the future? Isn’t zoning enough?

The Comprehensive Plan takes into account current demographic, environmental and economic trends and projects them into the future. This type of plan is not a road map, because it is bound to change and to be adjusted. Rather, it provides guidelines and strategies to accommodate future growth and to pursue our common vision. It supports sound economic development and protects private property rights.

Zoning, on the other hand, reflects current land uses, or those expected in the near future. It is usually in sync with the Future Land Use Map (FLUM), a component of the Comprehensive Plan, but essentially depicts the past and current patterns, no matter what vision we have for the future of our county.  A zoning amendment must be in line with the FLUM to be approved; see Section 202-6. Relationship to the Comprehensive Plan of the Unified Development Ordinance.

The Comprehensive Plan is also a state requirement to maintaining our Qualified Local Government status, which enables us to apply for grants, among other benefits.

 When is our Comprehensive Plan Update due?

The Comprehensive Plan is revisited every five years. In 2013, Rockdale County obtained from the Georgia Department of Public Affairs an exemption from this requirement while DCA was updating the rules. The currently approved comprehensive plan was completed in 2018.

The next major update is due to DCA in 2023.

How can I get involved in the planning process?

There are several ways to get involved with planning.  One of them is to attend the Conyers-Rockdale Planning Commission meetings, where zoning amendment cases are heard and new ordinances are proposed. The other is to directly contact the Department, in person, by phone, or by email. We love discussing the future of our community, and we are always open to suggestions and comments.

What are the state and regional requirements for planning?

Rockdale County must prepare and maintain the Comprehensive Plan, in accordance with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs rules.

We are also required to comply with The Atlanta Region’s Plan (formerly called Plan 2040), prepared by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

We participate voluntarily in other programs, such as Green Communities.


For more information on properties located in the OZ, please contact the Department of Planning and Development.

For information on the tax credit, please contact the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

For information on conducting business in Rockdale County, please contact the Chamber of Commerce.