The Planning and Development Department serves as the City department primarily responsible for all community matters and economic development related matters. We aim to provide quality customer service for land use and economic development projects located within the municipal boundaries of the City or those wishing to annex into the City.
Development Staff works closely with private developers and citizens with land use and business development needs through a variety of informal review methods, customer meetings, hosting Right Starts, and by providing one stop permitting and Project Management Services for all things building permit related.
Planning and Development also works closely with our private and public partners and citizens to build and maintain a high quality of life and a bright future for the citizens of Statesboro.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2016
In 2015, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced the availability of FY 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The CDBG program provides funding for community improvement projects that benefit low- to moderate-income households. The City of Statesboro applied to receive a $500,000 grant to complete infrastructure improvements in the Kent Street, Lovett Street, Bryant Street, Floyd Street and James Street area. The Department of Planning and Development surveyed residents in the area and confirmed the community met the minimum income requirements to benefit from the program. In 2016, the City of Statesboro selected engineering and grants administration firms and pledged $225,000 in local funds to the project. Today, Planning and Development is working with property owners in the target community to obtain permanent property easements to move the project forward and we hope to begin construction in early 2018.