Community Development

2018 Comprehensive Plan Update:

We are currently in the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan for the City to determine the vision and priorities from now to 2040, and we need your input!

The first public meeting is on October 19, 2017, from 6-8 pm at the Chambers at City Center.

More information here!

The Woodstock Planning, Design & Sustainability division of the Community Development Department engages citizens in dialogue about Woodstock's future and plays a central role in guiding the long-term development of the built and natural environment. Some of the responsibilities that are undertaken by the division include the evaluation and coordination with outside agencies on regional growth policy, monitoring and updating the City's Comprehensive Plan, draft land use policy, and the development of sub-area and urban design plans. The division provides staff support to the City's Planning Commission and the Mayor and City Council regarding planning studies, annexations, rezonings and variances.

2015 PlanFirst Community Recognition
The City of Woodstock has been recognized by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) as one of 10 PlanFirst Communities in the entire state! 2015 is the inaugural year for this competition which awards communities for execution of their Comprehensive Plans. As part of the process, the Woodstock was able to demonstrate specific objectives that were stated in our plans, and which have become tangible assets to our community, such as the Main Street Streetscape Project. Benefits of this award include access to reduced interest rates on certain Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loans, bonus points on applications for DCA grants and programs, and free attendance for staff at DCA Community Planning Institute training events.

City of Woodstock is a 2040+ Community
The City of Woodstock is part of the 10-county area that makes up the metro Atlanta region. Just as we have a comprehensive long-range plan for our city and county, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has a long-range plan for the region. This plan is called Plan 2040 and it can't be followed without cooperation of local cities and counties. The Plan has Minimum Standards that must be met for local implementation, and a set of rigorous Excellence Standards that are desirable. The Planning Department has gone through an extensive self-assessment and has submitted documentation to the ARC to show which standards we meet. Based on our exemplary performance as a forward-looking community, we have met not only just the Minimum Standards, but also a large enough percentage of the Excellence Standards to be named a 2040+ Community and a Regional Leader in Sustainability! Only the City of Woodstock and the City of Atlanta have reached this designation, out of the 68 incorporated cities and towns and 10 counties.