Service Delivery Strategy

According to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) 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.

The next update to the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) is scheduled to begin and will be overseen by the MPC. One of the vital roles of local government is planning and the preparation of plans. The results of each community’s localized planning efforts are summarized in the recently updated Comprehensive Plan.

Local governments in Georgia are required to submit comprehensive plans in accordance with the State's Local Planning Requirements to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for approval and adoption every five years. A critical yet separate component of the Comprehensive Plan is the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) for Chatham County’s services. The Chatham County – Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) is the agency that is charged with overseeing all of the Comprehensive Plan and SDS efforts for the City of Savannah and Unincorporated Chatham County. The next update to the SDS is scheduled to begin this month and will also be overseen by the MPC.

As noted, the SDS process is governed by the DCA with the intent of requiring local governments take a careful look at the services they provide to identify overlap or gaps in service provision. In addition, the process allows for the development of a rational approach to allocating delivery and funding of these services among the various local governments and authorities in each county.

Without a Service Delivery Strategy verified by DCA, a local government is not eligible to receive any state permits or financial assistance. In addition, any local projects that are not consistent with the strategy will not receive any state permits or financial assistance. The current SDS currently covers the following general areas:

  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Public Works
  • Health and Welfare
  • Leisure Services
  • Criminal Justice
  • Public Safety
  • Other General Services

SDS Meetings

Date Time Event Link
Mar 2, 2022 9:30 a.m. Kickoff Meeting Video Recording
Mar 7, 2022 1:00 p.m. Fire Protection Video Recording
Mar 7, 2022 3:30 p.m. Police Protection/Traffic Control Video Recording
Mar 8, 2022 2:30 p.m. Public Works Video Recording
Mar 10 2022 9:00 a.m. Annexations Video Recording
Mar 11, 2022 9:30 a.m. Public Transportation Video Recording
Mar 11, 2022 2:30 p.m. Airport Video Recording
Mar 14, 2022 2:30 p.m. Cultural Affairs/Parks and Rec/Senior Programs Video Recording
Mar 21, 2022 1:00 p.m. Courts/Jail/Legal Defense Video Recording
Mar 21, 2022 3:30 p.m. Building Inspections & Code Enforcement Video Recording
Mar 22, 2022 3:00 p.m. Emergency Management & Hazardous Materials Video Recording
Mar 23, 2022 9:00 a.m. Cemeteries Video Recording
Mar 23, 2022 3:30 p.m. Mosquito Control Video Recording
Mar 25, 2022 9:00 a.m. Community Planning Video Recording
Mar 25, 2022 1:00 p.m. Libraries Video Recording
Mar 25, 2022 3:30 p.m. Purchasing/Tax Billing & Collecting Video Recording
Mar 28, 2022 1:00 p.m. Behavioral Health/Hospitals/Social Services Video Recording
Mar 30, 2022 9:00 a.m. Refuse Collection & Disposal Video Recording
Mar 31, 2022 3:30 p.m. Animal Control Video Recording
Apr 1, 2022 10:00 a.m. Historic Preservation Video Recording
Apr 4, 2022 1:00 p.m. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Video Recording
Apr 5, 2022 9:30 a.m. Stormwater Management Video Recording
Apr 5, 2022 2:30 p.m. Wastewater Collection/Treatment Video Recording
Apr 8, 2022 1:00 p.m. Street Lighting Video Recording
Apr 8, 2022 3:30 p.m. Water Supply & Distribution Video Recording
Apr 11, 2022 1:00 p.m. Communications (Broadband, Fiber, Radio) Video Recording
Apr 13, 2022 9:30 a.m. Housing & Homelessness Video Recording

Presentation slides [PDF] for the 2022 Chatham County SDS Update are available here. A calendar of all SDS meetings taking place in March and April 2022 is available here. For more information, please contact Jackie Jackson, Director of Advance Planning and Special Projects at 912-651-1479 or jacksonj@thempc.org.