HARRIS COUNTY’S VISION TO A STORIED FUTURE
Given its unique location, untapped potential and dedicated citizens, Harris County leadership has established a vision to become a model of planned residential and business development that ensures sufficient managed economic growth to enhance the quality of life of its residents. The goal is to attract desired responsible new business, and to ensure a fiscally sound government that is responsive to the needs of all citizens and businesses while maintaining tax rates at a responsible level. Preserving desired rural characteristics also is a priority.
Attainment will be supported by the following planning principles:
Maintain the desired rural character of Harris County through open space preservation while providing sufficient designated growth areas to accommodate expected demand for business and residential growth.
Seek sufficient and desirable growth by attracting responsible businesses that will balance needs for jobs generated by residential development and provide retail and service offerings to meet the needs of residents.
Ensure that a balance is maintained between residential, commercial and industrial development and available public services and facilities to include schools, utilities, recreational areas and general governmental services needed to accommodate planned growth.
Encourage residential development that meets the housing needs of Harris County residents, and provide a range of home site areas and a variety of housing styles.
Ensure that development is done in a manner that serves to preserve environmentally sensitive features such as floodplains, wetland, groundwater recharge areas, streams, viewsheds, and natural topography.
Develop a well-planned, efficient, effective and safe transportation system that meets local, regional and interstate transportation needs.
Preserve Harris County’s historic and cultural resources that provide valuable information about the proud history of Harris County and its residents.
Harris County will be updating its Comprehensive Plan beginning April 2018 in accordance with a state requirement. The county’s current Comprehensive Plan was last updated during 2014 and is available for review on the county’s website at www.harriscountyga.gov under the Community Development Department. During this year long update, the county and its consultant, the River Valley Regional Commission, will be looking at and studying various elements of the county including land use, economic development, transportation, housing, needs and opportunities, community goals, and culminating with the preparation of a five-year community work program. For more information, call the county offices at 706-628-4958.