Local Government Implementation of the Environmental Planning Criteria
Miness, Deborah A.
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All of Georgia's 692 cities and counties are required to adopt local regulations protecting wetlands, water supply watersheds, aquifer recharge areas, protected river segments and protected mountains that occur within their jurisdictions. So far about 250 governments have adopted the required regulations. The balance will address the requirements according to an established schedule linked to comprehensive plan implementation. A number of implementation challenges have been identified. Two critical local issues are how to address the local need for occasional variances and how to insure enforcement of local regulations in jurisdictions lacking sufficient administrative capacity.