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Review the Adopted Comprehensive Plan

The final Comprehensive Plan documents are ready for your review!

  • 2045 Comprehensive Plan: Adopted by City Council on April 1, 2024, this report includes the future vision for Norcross, Needs and Opportunities, and the Community Work Program that serves as the 'to-do' list for the City for the next 5 years. 

  • Technical Addendum: Also adopted on April 1, 2024, this appendix provides detailed information about the community engagement conducted throughout the process and outlines the Record of Accomplishments since 2018. 

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

Our Comprehensive Plan paints a picture of what the community wants Norcross to evolve into over the next 20 years and outlines a strategy to get there. It serves as a policy guide for capital investment decisions, rezoning properties, and day-to-day decisions for city staff and elected officials, making sure the city is moving in a direction that fits with the community’s vision. 

Core Components

A comprehensive plan focuses on issues related to land use, transportation, housing, economic development, and other quality of life issues. It has five core pieces designed to set the direction for the city:

  • Existing Conditions Report:  To make sure the new Comprehensive Plan addresses the community’s true needs and context, we’ll start out with an assessment of the current conditions and plans that are already in place.

  • Community Vision and Goals: We’ll set our sights to 2044 and imagine what we want Norcross to be known for.  Then, considering our current needs and opportunities, we’ll identify key goals we need to accomplish to get there. The goals from our current plan are:

    • Continue to define Norcross' sense of place.

    • Strengthen Norcross as a livable, inclusive, and safe environment.

    • Increase opportunities for travel via different modes within and outside community.

    • Maintain a vibrant economy and continue to facilitate job growth.

    • Ensure that Norcross residents have a variety of attainable, quality housing options.

    • Further the City's tradition of strong leadership and high level of quality services.

  • Guiding Policies: A set of policies related to each topic area will help City staff and elected officials make future decisions that align with the community’s desires.

  • Future Development Map: The Future Development Map will illustrate how the overall vision applies to each part of the city.  The map will show the different character areas within Norcross and tie to narratives describing the desired land uses, design, and initiatives for each one.  This map helps making future rezoning decisions, allowing staff and officials to make sure requested rezonings fit with the community’s stated desires for the development of the surrounding area.

  • Community Work Program: Recommended projects to address the community’s goals will be identified in the community work program. It will include relevant projects recommended by previous plans, as well as new ones added to fill in the gaps.

Current Vision Statement: Norcross will be a dynamic and welcoming community in which generations of diverse citizens can engage, create, contribute and flourish.

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Why Update the Plan?

All local governments in Georgia are required to update their Comprehensive Plans every five years. Completion of the plan update is necessary for the City of Norcross to maintain its “Qualified Local Government” (QLG) status. QLG status enables the City to be eligible for various economic development financial resources available through different state agencies.

Building on Our Current Plans

We’re thinking fresh, but we’re not starting from scratch!  The City last updated its Plan in 2020. The current Comprehensive Plan documents are linked below.

  • Comprehensive Plan - This document outlines the City's plan, including the vision, goals, policies, 5-year work program, and Future Development Map. We are updating the plan this year!

The updated Comprehensive Plan will also incorporate content from other topic areas or location-specific plans drafted by the City, Gwinnett County, and other partners to show a holistic picture of what’s happening in Norcross and identify gaps in planning that need to be addressed. Visit the Resources page to review other related plans.

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