DCA GIS Data
- Coastal Resource Maps
- Download a set of maps including Coastal Marshlands, Georgia Shorelines, and Gray's Reef
National Marine Sanctuary. According to DCA's Minimum Standards and Procedures
for Local Comprehensive Planning "Coastal Resources: Include beaches, coastal
marshes and estuaries that are vulnerable to the impacts of development."
(Updated April 17, 2009)
Groundwater Recharge Area Map
- Download a statewide map of groundwater recharge areas, from the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources' Digital Environmental Atlas of Georgia.
National Wetlands Inventory / Generalized Wetlands 2009
Seamless National Wetlands Inventory maps of Georgia with a cross-index of the Cowardin classification to the 'Generalized Wetlands' codes and descriptions in the 'Environmental Planning Criteria' Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rules Chapter 391-3-16. Maps are available by state region or for the entire state. (Updated April 17, 2009)
- Southeastern Ecological Framework
- The Southeastern Ecological Framework is landscape ecology based model that identifies primary ecological areas that are protected by some type of conservation or ecosystem management program;
identifies a green infrastructure network that connects these primary ecological areas; and
identifies the important ecological characteristics of the ecological areas and connecting green infrastructure. SEF hub areas provide excellent candidates for Regionally Important Resources and SEF corridors provide excellent connecting green infrastructure linkages between them. Download statewide SEF maps, including Primary Ecological Areas and Significant Ecological Areas. DCA has converted these from the original grid model to vectors and clipped them to the Georgia state boundary for easy use in regional planning applications. Complete documentation of SEF, with Georgia application examples, is available in the EPA Final Report (5-20-2010)
- Protected Mountain Area Map
- Download a statewide DCA map of protected mountain areas, as required by the Georgia
Department of Natural Resources- Environmental Protection Division- Rules for
Environmental Planning Criteria 391-3-16-.05. Mountain protection is also a
DCA-required natural resources planning element. This is a DCA-compiled map,
based on analysis of the 1:24,000-scale National Elevation Dataset.
- Protected River Maps
- Download the statewide maps of 'Protected Rivers', Cities
with Protected Rivers and Counties with Protected Rivers. River Corridor Protection Plans are required for
designated streams by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rules for
Environmental Planning Criteria 391-3-16-.04 and are also a DCA-required
natural resources planning element. This is a DCA-compiled map that differs
substantially from the 'Corridor' coverage in the 'Digital Environmental Atlas
of Georgia' (Georgia Geologic Survey Publication CD-1). The DNR map (compiled
by the USGS) errantly contains river reservoir areas and does not include all
of the stream segments downstream to the jurisdiction of the Coastal Marshland
Protection Act area. (1-3-2003) To download the 1991 State of Georgia Protected River Segments map click here. (PDF)
Job Tax Credits
The Job Tax Credit Program provides additional benefits to specified census tracts or additionally designated areas which are considered to be less developed or have a higher rate of poverty. The Job Tax Credit Program provides for a statewide job tax credit for any business or headquarters of any such business engaged in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, processing, telecommunications, tourism, or research and development industries, but does not include retail businesses. If other requirements are met, job tax credits are available to businesses of any nature, including retail businesses in counties recognized and designated as the 40 least developed counties.
Counties and certain census tracts in the state are ranked and placed in economic tiers using the following factors:
1. highest unemployment rate
2. lowest per capita income
3. highest percentage of residents whose incomes are below the poverty level.
The military zone designation was added in the 2004 Legislative Session through the passage of House Bill 984. This amendment provides for census tracts which are located adjacent to a military base and have pervasive poverty of at least a 15 percent poverty rate, as reflected in the most recent decennial census, to receive the highest benefit level allowed under the Job Tax Credit Program. It also provides for the credit to be available to any business of any nature, as long as all other program requirements are met.
- Less Developed Census Tracts (LDCT)
- Opportunity Zones
- Opportunity Zones
Local governments which undertake redevelopment and revitalization efforts in certain older commercial and industrial areas can now qualify those areas for the State’s maximum job tax credit of $3,500 per job. The incentive, which is available for new or existing businesses that create two or more jobs, is a Job Tax Credit which can be taken against the business’s Georgia income tax liability and payroll withholding tax. The credit is available for areas designated by DCA as an “Opportunity Zone”. DCA will consider designations for areas that are within or adjacent to a census block group with 15% or greater poverty where an enterprise zone or urban redevelopment plan exists.
View 2015 Opportunity Zone Map for calendar year 2015 program administration (Based on Census American Community Survey 5-year Summary 2008-2012 poverty statistics. Approved Opportunity Zones shown are current as of May 2015.)
Download a shapefile or KMZ file of DCA approved 2015 Georgia Tax Credit Opportunity Zones. (Current as of May 2015)
View 2014 Opportunity Zone Map for calendar year 2014 program administration (Based on Census American Community Survey 5-year Summary 2007-2011 poverty statistics. Approved Opportunity Zones shown are current as of July, 2013.)
Download an ESRI shapefile or Google KMZ map of DCA approved 2014 Georgia Tax Credit Opportunity Zones (Current as of July, 2013).
- View 2013 Opportunity Zone Map used for calendar year 2013 program administration (Based on Census American Community Survey 5-year Summary 2006-2010 poverty statistics. Approved Opportunity Zones shown are current as of July, 2013.)
- View 2012 Opportunity Zone Map that was used for calendar year 2012 program administration (Based on Census American Community Survey 5-year Summary 2005-2009 poverty statistics. Approved Opportunity Zones shown are current as of July, 2013.)
- HUD Web Mapping Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Census Tract (QCT) Locator