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Comprehensive Planning

Berkeley Lake Comprehensive Plan

In the spring of 2014, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) adopted revised standards for the preparation of local comprehensive plans. These new standards encouraged planning efforts which would recognize that:

  • Assets can be accentuated and improved
  • Liabilities can be mitigated and changed over time; and
  • Potential can be sought after and developed.
In order to maintain qualified local government certification and thereby remain eligible for several state funding and permitting programs, each local government must prepare, adopt, maintain, and implement a comprehensive plan that meets these planning requirements.

Outside Assistance

Knowing that the new standards were coming, in late 2013 the city enlisted the assistance of the planning staff of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to prepare a major update of the city's 2030 Comprehensive Plan and 5-year Work Program. The update was necessitated by two recent and significant changes in the city's character:
  • Annexation activity in 2011 and 2012 brought a 2-mile segment of the Peachtree Industrial Boulevard commercial corridor and nearby areas as well as over 100 homes into the city;
  • The creation of the City of Peachtree Corners in July of 2012, along with already-adjacent Duluth, meant that Berkeley Lake has no future expansion potential as it is completely surrounded by other incorporated areas.

A steering committee of community leaders was established to represent various stakeholder interests.  Throughout 2014, ARC staff conducted a series of surveys and workshops to engage both the steering committee and city residents in the planning process.

2030 Comprehensive Plan Update

The draft Comprehensive Plan Update document was transmitted to the ARC and DCA for review and comment on October 28, 2014. On December 17, 2014, the city received notification from ARC that DCA had determined the document to be in compliance with the new standards and ready for adoption The 2014 Comprehensive Plan Update was adopted on January 15, 2015 as the city's policy document for decision-making and public investment for the future.  The 2015-2019 Community Work Program contains a list of desired implementation actions to achieve during the time frame at the end of which an assessment of accomplishments and extended work program will be required.