Community Planning

Planning services and technical support are provided on a project-by-project basis. Depending on the level of assistance needed, member governments may be provided services free-of-charge, at a reduced cost, or through an agreement with the local government that allows planning services to be provided at a subsidized cost rate for a full-time employee. See below for services that are most utilized: 

Land Use Planning

Land use planning, sometimes referred to as land development planning or comprehensive planning, is the process of envisioning a community's future and identifying strategies to reach that envisioned future. This might be borne out through actions such as identifying goals, objectives, and strategies for a community to pursue, updating maps and plans that guide decision-making by elected officials, or updating regulations such as zoning ordinances. TJCOG services include the development or update of:

  • Land Use Plans/Comprehensive Plans/Vision Plans
  • Planning Ordinances (Unified Development Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, etc.) 
  • Small Area/Corridor Studies and Plans 
  • Analysis/Report on State of the Practice or Guidelines for Specific Issues of Concern (e.g. affordable housing, street design, etc.) 


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Infrastructure and Stormwater Services

Based on the needs and/or permit requirements of the local government, TJCOG can provide technical assistance to Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) NPDES permit holders, or to any entity that wishes to develop, implement, or grow stormwater planning and management initiatives. TJCOG can develop a stormwater management plan (SWMP) to satisfy any or all six Minimum Control Measures (MCMs), including:

  • Public Education and Outreach (see CWEP website)
  • Public Participation and Involvement (see CWEP website)
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE)
  • Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Controls
  • Post-Construction Site Runoff Controls
  • Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

as well as any applicable jurisdiction-specific challenges, such as TMDLs, water quality considerations, and general administration. In addition, TJCOG can create any model ordinances necessary to meet these requirements, the development of a stormwater utility fee to help pay for these efforts, and work to educate elected officials and managers in their importance. Check out our Triangle J Stormwater Management Services flyer here.


Emily Barrett,