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About the Planning Department

Our mission is to provide continuous, comprehensive, and coordinated planning efforts, through a proactive public participation process, that will provide for regional growth, and regional mobility, while fostering sustainable development sensitive to community and natural resources.

The Columbus, Georgia Consolidated Government's Planning Department provides research, analysis, and policy recommendations to the City Council and Planning Advisory Commission (PAC) on land use, zoning, transportation planning, historic preservation, subdivision plat reviews, and urban design. The Department also acts as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Columbus-Phenix City area.

Through the use of a trained, professional planning staff, the department promotes advanced planning initiatives, objective studies and reviews, and the involvement of the community in planning needs. The planning department is committed to bringing together the area's urban planning resources to prepare for the future needs of our communities. This website is designed to provide visitors with the information they need concerning planning in our community. The Department hopes visitors of this website will find it informative and will visit it often.

Awards & Recognition

The Planning Department received two awards at the 2009 Georgia Planning Association Fall conference. Read the official press release.

We also received an award at the 2010 Georgia Planning Association Fall conference held in Valdosta, Georgia. The following document was awarded at the conference: Read the official press release.

  • The Design Guidelines under the Outstanding Planning Document Category for a Large Community.

Department Contact Information

Do you have a question, comment, suggestion or concern to pass along to the Planning Department? If so, then use one of the methods below to contact the Department.

Office Address:
Government Annex Building, 2nd Floor
420 10th Street
Columbus, GA 31902

Mailing Address:
C/O Planning Department
P.O. Box 1340
Columbus, GA 31902

Phone: (706) 653-4421
Fax: (706) 653-4534


Staff Contact Information

Contact Information
Rick Jones - AICP,
Planning Director
(706) 225-3936
Millicent Burden
(706) 225-3935
David Cooper
GIS Technician
(706) 225-3976
Transportation Division
Felton Grant
Right-of-Way Coordinator
(706) 225-3939
Lynda Temples
Principal Transportation Planner
(706) 225-3938
Planning Division
Will Johnson
Planning Division Chief
(706) 225-3930
Kevin Herrit  AICP, EDFP
Principal Planner
(706) 225-3934
Kellie Littlefield
(706) 225-3929
John Renfroe
(706) 225-3937


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    123 Washington Ave, Columbus, Ga 31902
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Columbus, Georgia Consolidated Government Annex Building

Government Annex Building
2nd Floor
420 10th Street
Columbus, Georgia 31902

Phone: (706) 653-4421
Fax: (706) 653-4534

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