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The City of Gainesville updated its 20-year Comprehensive Plan in June of 2012.  The new plan takes stock of how Gainesville has changed over the last ten years, while planning for continued growth in challenging economic times.

It builds on the strong precedent established by local efforts like the Midtown Greenway, the Neighborhood Planning Units, and Vision 2030.  The Comprehensive Plan is a document by and for the Citizens of Gainesville.

Thank you to all the Citizens who participated in the Comprehensive Plan process.


  • Gainesville has experienced many changes after the last comprehensive plan was completed in 2004, and anticipates more changes in the near future.
  • Gainesville has emerged as one of Georgia’s most competitive and entrepreneurial locations, and should continue to position itself to take full advantage of positive business trends and opportunities.
  • Gainesville remains the capitol of the Northeast Mountains with a quality of life driven by Lake Lanier, good access to healthcare, and a small-town style increasingly in demand among seniors and young families.
  • Gainesville is located on one of the most important – and evolving - regional transportation corridors in the country.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

  • A community-based long-term roadmap for a city or county to achieve…
  • A growing / balanced economy
  • Protection of important resources
  • Adequate and affordable housing
  • Efficient infrastructure investments
  • Multi-jurisdictional coordination
  • Administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
  • Preserves a municipality's Qualified Local Government status

Firms Assigned to the Project:

Lord Aeck Sargent (formerly Urban Collage)
The Jaeger Company
Clark Patterson Lee
Huntley Partners
Bleakly Advisory Group

For additional information, please contact Matt Tate, Planning Manager, via email or by calling (770) 531-6573.