Chatham-Savannah 2040

Plan 2040 is unincorporated Chatham County's and the City of Savannah’s principal guiding document. It is designed to formulate a coordinated, long-term planning program to maintain and enhance the health and viability of both jurisdictions.

The Comprehensive Plan serves as a resource to both the public and private sector by projecting how land will develop, how housing will be made available, how jobs will be attracted and retained, how open space and the environment will be protected, how public services and facilities will be provided, and how transportation facilities will be improved.

About Chatham County

Chatham County is one of the original counties of Georgia. It includes nine municipalities and a large unincorporated area, the latter of which is one half of the geographic focus of the Chatham-Savannah 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Established in 1777, the County has a long and well-established tradition of community planning and intends to maintain its historic character and natural resources for the future.

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About the City of Savannah

The City of Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and serves as the seat of Chatham County. It was established in 1733 by James Edward Oglethorpe, a British General, on land originally inhabited by the Yamacraw tribe. General Oglethorpe developed a layout for Savannah that featured a series of wards, each containing residential and civic blocks surrounding a central public square. This system, known as the Oglethorpe Plan, is still preserved in downtown Savannah today.

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Chatham-Savannah Plan 2040 Elements

Community Profile

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Economic Development

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Land Use

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Natural Resources

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Quality of Life

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Service Delivery Strategy

According to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Service Delivery Strategy process gives local governments and authorities the opportunity to reach agreement on the delivery of services in an effective and cost-efficient manner to Georgia's citizens. The intent of the Act is:

  • To provide a flexible framework for local governments and authorities to agree on service delivery arrangements.
  • To minimize any duplication or competition among local governments and authorities providing local services.
  • To provide a method of resolving disputes among service providers regarding service delivery, funding equity and land use.