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Community Affairs - Planning and Programming Division - Community Development Publications

Identifier: 066-04-006

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In 1954, the United States Congress passed an amendment to the Housing Act of 1949, which provided Federal assistance to communities of less than 50,000 population, for the purposes of planning their future development by using certain sociological, economic, and environmental criteria, i.e. future land use, economic bases, population studies, neighborhood analyses, etc. Under Section 701 of the Housing Act, Congress made this financial assistance available, through state planning agencies, to the various counties and cities in the nation. Under this Act the Georgia Department of Industry and Trade was the official State Planning Agency. An act of 1957 authorized this Department to assume the duties and responsibilities of the program. The Department created a Planning Division in 1957 to administer this program. This division's major duties were: (1) to receive applications from cities and counties for financial assistance for the creation of their proposed county and regional development commission; (2) to authorize such studies that are feasible; (3) to help arrange for the retention of study groups, and (4) to help in the preparation of the studies for publication. The Planning Division usually worked with either private consulting firms or the Institute of Community and Area Development of the University of Georgia, and other College study groups, and the local planning commissions. In 1967 the Planning Division was transferred from the Dept. of Industry and Trade to the Executive Department (Ga. Laws 1967, p.p. 252 - 259). It's name was changed to that of State Planning and Programming Bureau. The same legislation also greatly expanded the duties and power of the previous Planning Division. These new duties gave the new Bureau the responsibility of working with the other state departments, bureaus and agencies, helping them to study their development plans, and to increase their efficiency by a closer co-ordination of their activities. The Commission would also give advice and assistance to committees of the General Assembly, local governments and other public bodies in the State. In 1970 the name of the agency was changed to its present name. The Governor appoints the administrative head of the Department. His title is State Planning and Community Affairs Officer. The following publications are usually based on studies of a given activity or activities that all communities need to consider in order to plan their development more effectively, e.g. transportation, water supply, communications, etc.


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