Community Development

Responsibilities

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.

Divisions

The divisions of the Community Development Department are:

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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.

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)

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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).  Loan funds are for façade improvements only for the front or rear entrance of the property within the Downtown Development area.  Prior to any work beginning, plans must be reviewed and approved by the City of Douglas and DDA.  Review of application will take place during regular DDA meetings (third Thursday of each month).  Once plans are reviewed and approved, applicant may proceed with financial arrangements, through their participating lending institution if applicable. Commitment for funds will be for ONLY 90 Days.  If work has not begun within this time frame, loan commitment is considered void and a new application may be submitted at a later date.  The City of Douglas and DDA reserves the right to revoke commitment if project plans do not comply with plans and application submitted at the time of approval. Receipts (for renovation work) must be presented before release of funds. 

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 ghenderson@cityofdouglas.com.

Download the Facade Revolving Loan Application (PDF)

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEWS...

DOUGLAS RECEIVES DESIGNATION AS A RURAL ZONE

The City of Douglas has been designated as a Rural Zone by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.  The Rural Zone designation is an incentive program designed to stimulate investment, job creation, and economic development in the historic downtown area. General criteria for designation include communities with a population of less than 15,000; a core downtown area with structures older than 50 years; evidence of blight or disinvestment in the downtown area; implementation of a strategic plan in the downtown area; and a completed market analysis, which indicates gaps within the local business makeup.

“We are very excited to have earned this designation,” says Tony Paulk, Douglas Mayor.  “With this designation, we encourage our downtown business owners to take advantage of the program’s tax incentives to create growth in our downtown development area.”

Douglas’ Rural Zone designation will last five years, and activities to begin earning tax credits on January 1, 2020. The following is a summary of the programs three tax incentives:

• Job Tax Credit, which offers $2,000 per new full-time equivalent job created
• Investment Credit, which is equivalent to 25% of the purchase price of the building
• Rehabilitation Credit, which is equivalent to 30% of qualified rehabilitation costs.

Each of the three tax credits is dependent upon the creation of at least two new full-time equivalent jobs.

 Anyone interested in applying for the Rural Zone tax credits, after January 1, 2020, please contact Georgia Henderson, Community Development Director, 912-383-0277 or email ghenderson@cityofdouglas.com.

DCA Fall Conference 2019

L to R: Michael Jacobs, Senior Planner for the Southern Georgia Regional Commission; Christopher Nunn, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; and Georgia Henderson, City of Douglas Community Development Director.

CITY OF DOUGLAS RECEIVES CDBG GRANT FUNDING

The City of Douglas was one of 59 Georgia communities to receive Georgia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to help grow our local economy.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated the funding to Georgia’s CDBG program which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.  For full information, www.cityofdouglas.com.

L to R: Donald Pate (Statewide Engineering), Mark Dill (Statewide Engineering), Kelly Lane (Region 11 Representative, DCA), Christopher Nunn (Commissioner, DCA), Georgia Henderson (Community Development Director, City of Douglas), Kimberly Hobbs (Community and Economic Development Director, SGRC) and Ted Gibbs (Statewide Engineering).

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