The City of Douglas Community Development Department writes and administers grants and provides planning, zoning, economic development, and other support services vital to the growth of the City of Douglas.
The department also issues permits and business licenses, manages the airport, and enforces all codes and ordinances.
The divisions of the Community Development Department are:
- Building Inspections/Permits
- Douglas Municipal Gene Chambers Airport
- Code Enforcement, Planning, and Zoning
- Heritage Station Museum
- Inspections and Permits
- Main Street
- Public Information
- Tourism / Events
2018 Comprehensive Plan (PDF)
Douglas Sidewalk Master Plan (PDF) 07/28/2020
Unified Land Development Code
This is the City of Douglas Unified Land Development Code as adopted by Mayor and Commission on February 28, 2011. This code may be amended from time to time by ordinance. Contact the Community Development Department for questions.
- Table of Contents (PDF)
- Supplemental Standards (PDF)
- General Provisions (PDF)
- Environmental Protection (PDF)
- Definitions (PDF)
- Building Regulations (PDF)
- Zoning Districts (PDF)
- Signs (PDF)
- Special Districts (PDF)
- Hardship Relief (PDF)
- Development Standards (PDF)
- Procedure&Administration (PDF)
- Stormwater Management (PDF)
- Table for Action (PDF)
Urban Redevelopment Plan
The City of Douglas Urban Redevelopment Plan was adopted in 2010 and was amended and updated in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. For the complete plan, please contact Georgia Henderson at the City of Douglas, 224 W. Bryan Street, call 912-389-3433 or email.
Download the 2016 Urban Redevelopment Plan (PDF)
Link to full information regarding the Urban Redevelopment Plan
Facade Revolving Loan Program for Downtown Businesses
The City of Douglas Community Development Department and Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is offering a Façade Revolving Loan Program. The purpose of the Facade Revolving Loan Fund is to lend assistance to downtown properties by providing low interest loans for improving the visual image of the property in the hopes of creating commercial redevelopment, thus enhancing the downtown district. Applicants must meet guidelines as set by the City of Douglas and the Design Review Board (if the property is within the Historic District boundaries). The maximum loan is $1,500.00 per project. Applications are available through the City of Douglas Community Development Office , located at the Ashley Slater House, or the Main Street Office, located at the Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce. Applications will be accepted throughout the year and granted as loan funds are available to the City of Douglas. For more information and all guidelines, please call (912) 383-0277 or email email@example.com.
Download the Facade Revolving Loan Application (PDF)
IN THE NEWS...
DOUGLAS IS FEATURED IN TWO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS PLANFIRST SUCCESS STORIES
Douglas was recognized for its success stories on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs blog! The first blog shares a story about lofts in downtown. Please click here for the blog: https://www.dca.ga.gov/newsroom/blog/planfirst-success-story-city-douglas.
The 2nd blog highlights Douglas’ gateway signs. Please click here: https://www.dca.ga.gov/newsroom/blog/planfirst-success-story-city-douglas-0.
DOUGLAS RECEIVES TOURISM GRANT FUNDS FOR CABOOSE RENOVATION
Georgia Tourism, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), has awarded more than $2,000 in tourism product development grant funding to the City of Douglas to restore the old Southern Railway caboose at Heritage Station Museum. Upon recommendations from the Tourism Team, the caboose will be renovated to focus on Douglas’ train history and provide train enthusiasts a reason to visit Douglas.
Renovating the exterior of the caboose is expected to begin in 2020. The exterior phase of the caboose project includes restoration by painting the caboose and building a deck for accessibility. After restoration is completed, the deck will also be available to host a variety of small events.