Comprehensive Planning Overview

Savannah has served as a model of planned urban development since its founding in 1733 by James Oglethorpe. The Comprehensive Planning department carries this tradition of planned development into the twenty-first century. The long term success of Chatham County and Savannah requires a strategic and balanced approach that establishes a desirable built environment, promotes economic development, protects natural resources, provides transportation options, ensures housing quality, and supports a high quality of life for our residents. The Comprehensive Planning department prepares the long term plan which describes specific goals and strategies designed to achieve our shared community vision.

The Comprehensive Planning department works closely with jurisdictions in Chatham County on stormwater management, sea level rise, and other natural resource issues that cross municipal boundaries. Regional coordination is vital to ensuring that our population has clean water, thriving natural environments, and healthy air.

The Comprehensive Planning department brings focus to the fundamental elements required for our community to thrive. This focus helps us create thriving communities that are resilient to changing climate, technology, and attitudes.

The Comprehensive Planning staff is reponsible for the Chatham County - Savannah Comprehensive Plan. Department staff works to ensure that other plans and projects are consistent with the goals and objectives identified in the Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan

As of February 2017, the City of Savannah and Chatham County adopted the Comprehensive Plan. This document provides the broad vision for the community, future land use map, detailed goals, and a short term work program. The Plan was created in coordination with the Chatham Community Blueprint - a strategic plan for Savannah and Chatham County. The document can be downloaded using the links below.

CHATHAM COUNTY - SAVANNAH COMPREHENSIVE PLAN (full document without appendix, 48 MB PDF)
  1. Executive Summary
  2. Community Profile and Demographics
  3. Community Vision and Goals
  4. Economic Development
  5. Land Use
  6. Transportation
  7. Housing
  8. Quality of Life
  9. Community Strategic Plan and Work Program
  10. Community Participation Program
  1. Service Delivery Strategy
  2. 2012-2016 Report of Accomplishments (previous Short Term Work Program)
  3. Glossary/Acronyms
FUTURE LAND USE MAP (large format, high resolution map)

Adoption Resolutions
The WaterSpout Summer 2018 Edition

The latest edition of The WaterSpout has been published. Read now for the latest Comprehensive Planning and Natural Resources news.

Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition

The Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition is a source of reliable, current community health and population data available to our Chatham County community. Armed with this knowledge, community leaders can develop policies and programs focused on addressing conditions reflected in the indicators and plan strategies for improvement.