Long Range Planning Main Page

Mission Statement

To advance a long range vision of a livable, equitable, sustainable, beautiful, and prosperous DeKalb County through the implementation of adopted plans, policies, and partnerships. 


Comprehensive Planning


2050 Unified Plan Summary
2050 Comprehensive Land Use Plan
2050 Transportation Plan
2050 Future Land Use Plan Maps
Interactive GIS Map

Existing Conditions and Needs 
Assessment Report

Unified 2050 Webpage

On occasion, there is a need to request a change to the comprehensive plan (text amendment) or the Future Land Use Map (land use amendment). When that occurs, refer to the process below when filing a land use amendment application. This can also be found in the comprehensive plan. A process standard operating procedures is in place to make changes to comprehensive plan and / or future land use map. All interested parties are allowed to petition to the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners for a land use amendment to the comprehensive plan.

Because of the intense public vetting process of the comprehensive plan, it is encouraged that no changes be made to the Future Development Map. However, there are certain criteria that may apply when proposing a land use amendment:
1. Market trends 
2. Human error / oversight
3. Community Support 
4. Improvement of quality of life for DeKalb County citizens
5. Proposed or new planning study

1964 DeKalb County Comprehensive Plan
1995-2015 DeKalb County Comprehensive Plan
2005-2025 DeKalb County Comprehensive Plan
2035 DeKalb County Comprehensive Plan (5-year Update)
1962 Existing Land Use Maps
1964 Land Use Map
1977 Comprehensive Land Use Map
1986 Comprehensive Land Use Map
Transportation Planning

2050 Transportation Plan

Transportation Plans in DeKalb

Transportation Maps

Useful Transportation Links

Small Area Plans (SAP) and Studies



Memorial Drive Redevelopment Corridor Plan (Story Map)

Glenwood Columbia Plan
Briarcliff-Clairmont SAP
SDAT Report (SW DeKalb)

North Druid Hills LCI Plan
N. Druid Hills LCI - Briarcliff Node Update
Kensington Station LCI Plan
Kensington Supplemental Plan
Medline LCI
Candler Road/Flat Shoals LCI
Wesley Chapel LCI
Tucker Northlake LCI


Sustainability Newsletter - March 2023


ReLeaf DeKalb
ReLeaf DeKalb, DeKalb’s Front Yard Tree Planting program, is a partnership with Trees Atlanta to plant shade trees in front yards across unincorporated DeKalb County. 

For more details: Front Yard Tree Program


Education and Programs

Sustainability Links

Planning Education and Participation


Engage DeKalb - Community Feedback Platform
DeKalb County Neighborhood Registry
Planning 101 Presentation
Zoning 101 Presentation
Comprehensive Plan Presentation
Comprehensive Planning Video
Demographic Research and Reports


*NEW* DeKalb County Key Information
Demographic Dashboard – Atlanta Regional Commission
Neighborhood Nexus Fact Sheet
Interactive Profile for DeKalb County (US Census Bureau)

(Source: ESRI Community Analyst)
Population – 762,820
     White – 30%
     Black – 52.4%
     Hispanic – 8.6%
     Asian – 6.1%
     Other – 4.2%
     Two or More – 6.6%
Median Household Income - $76,044
Unemployment Rate – 4.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work – 31.3 minutes
Owner Occupied Housing – 57.85%

Commission District Profiles
(CDP) for 2023


Annual Development
Reports (ADR)

Recent Major Developments in DeKalb (2022-2023)

Additional Resources


Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) Intergovernmental Coordination


 Full 2019 SDS Document
SDS 2019 Matrix
Service Area Maps

Quick Links
GA Department of Community Affairs
City of Atlanta
City of Avondale Estates
City of Brookhaven
City of Chamblee
City of Clarkston
City of Decatur
City of Doraville
City of Dunwoody
City of Lithonia
City of Pine Lake
City of Stone Mountain
City of Stonecrest

In accordance to the State of Georgia’s Service Delivery Strategy law, local governments are encouraged to keep their SDS accurate and up to date. The purpose of the SDS is to provide an action plan for the County, supported by ordinances and intergovernmental agreements, to resolve land use conflicts.  Counties and their municipalities are required to periodically amend/revise the existing SDS so it will always be current and reflect the locally preferred delivery. 




DeKalb County Neighborhood Registry
DeKalb County Zoning Code (Chapter 27)
GA Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
The American Community Survey
American Planning Association (APA)
Georgia Planning Association (GPA)
Decide DeKalb (Economic Development)