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:
- Animal Control
- Building Inspections and Permits
- Douglas Municipal Gene Chambers Airport
- Code Enforcement, Planning, and Zoning
- Grants Administration
- Heritage Station Museum
- Inspections and Permits
- Main Street
- Planning and Zoning
- Public Information
- Tourism / Events
Community Housing Meeting and Application Intake
Flyer (English) (PDF)
Flyer (Espanol) (PDF)
Map of Area (PDF)
2018 Comprehensive Plan (PDF)
Douglas Sidewalk Master Plan (PDF) 07/28/2020
2020 Urban Redevelopment Plan (Adopted 12-14-2020) (PDF)
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 2020. For the complete plan, please contact Georgia Henderson at the City of Douglas, 224 W. Bryan Street, call 912-389-3433 or email.
Link to 2020 Urban Redevelopment Plan (Adopted 12-14-2020) (PDF)
Link to the 2016 Urban Redevelopment Plan (PDF)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Facade Revolving Loan Application (PDF)
IN THE NEWS...
DOUGLAS AWARDED COMMUNITY HOME INVESTMENT PROGRAM FUNDS
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded $400,000 in grant funds to the City of Douglas through the DCA 2021 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP). The CHIP funds will be used to rehabilitate owner-occupied housing in Douglas.
“We are very pleased to receive the funds for the CHIP program,” says Mayor Tony Paulk. “These funds will assist citizens with rehabilitation efforts which will help to improve living conditions and neighborhood revitalization.”
The CHIP funds are part of an annual allocation of HOME Investment Program (HOME) funds received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and are administered through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This year the CHIP award for housing rehabilitation was increased to $400,000 to better serve communities across the state.
DOUGLAS RECEIVES GICH ALUMNI CERTIFICATION
On April 5, 2021, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in partnership with the University of Georgia, Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), and Georgia Power Co., recognized the City of Douglas for achieving certified alumni status through the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH). To receive alumni status, Douglas’ GICH team had to ensure that the Douglas community continues to work toward addressing affordable housing issues.
“We are so happy to receive Alumni Certification from DCA, GMA, and Georgia Power for our GICH committee,” says Georgia Henderson, Community Development Director. “Our team is committed to offering locally driven initiatives that aim to educate, preserve, and develop affordable housing.”
Receiving the alumni status will allow the City of Douglas to continue to seek support from the State of Georgia so that residents of the community will continue to benefit from enhanced access to affordable housing. Certified alumni cities enjoy special consideration on DCA program applications.