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Posted on September 21, 2022 at 3:49 PM by Allison Duncan
In March of 1973, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners established the Douglas County Planning and Engineering Department with the express understanding that this department would direct growth into an orderly and regulated pattern. With the establishment of the Planning Commission and the Planning and Engineering Department, the 1975-1985 Comprehensive Development Plan rounds out all of the pieces that create the foundation of our modern planning department.
With a modern department, we see some very modern goals identified in our plan. A few of these include:
Interestingly, this plan also called attention to the unique and challenging environmental and topographical conditions of the county. It is a reality that is very present to this day:
"The soils of Douglas County with severe development limitations due to floodplains, degree of slope and rock formation represent a total of 38% of Douglas County. These undevelopable areas, however, furnish excellent opportunity to preserve open spaces and separate incompatible land uses in the county."
To that end, the 1975 plan was the first plan that described the presence of Sweetwater Creek State Park: "An outstanding addition to the county was the recent purchase of 811 acres south of Lithia Springs by the state for a state park." Our 2023 Comprehensive Plan update will build on many of the priorities first set out in 1975, including stable neighborhoods, a solid tax base, strong community engagement, efficient mobility, and protection of environmentally important areas through a countywide greenspace and trail network.