Planning & Zoning


The Community Development Department provides Planning and Zoning Services to manage the city’s current and long-term growth through the administration of the zoning code and the comprehensive plan. The Department shall accept all applications for rezoning, conditional use/exceptions, variances, modifications, and all other zoning or land use map amendments to ensure the application is complete. Applications initiated by an applicant are reviewed and analyzed and presented to Mayor and Council for their review and vote for either approval, approval with conditions, or denial.

Public Hearing Applications are required for Rezoning, Variance, Conditional Use Permit, Text Amendment, and Comprehensive Plan Amendment requests. Applications that are not fully complete will not be accepted. All applications require a pre-application meeting with staff at least one week prior to submission. The city council meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Public hearing meetings begin at 6:00 pm and regular scheduled meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

Annexation: 100% Method allows property owners of all the land in an area to seek to have their property annexed into an adjacent city by signing a petition (O.C.G.A. § 36-36-20 et seq.). It is up to the city council to determine whether to annex the property or not.

60% Method allows for petitioners representing owners of at least 60% of the property in the area to be annexed plus at least 60% of the resident electors in the area to be annexed to sign a petition to have their property annexed into an adjacent city. This method is available to cities with populations over 200 persons. The municipality is required to prepare a plan for servicing an area to be annexed and to hold a public hearing before adopting an ordinance annexing the area covered by the petition.
Conditional Use Permit (CUP):  A public hearing process in which an applicant requests a use on a subject property that generally would not be appropriate throughout a zoning district but if controlled as to visual appearance, number, area, height, location, or relation to abutting or nearby uses, would not be injurious to the public, health, safety, welfare, morals, order, comfort, convenience, appearance or general welfare.

Rezoning: A public hearing process in which a zoning classification on a subject property is changed from one land use category to another to achieve the applicant’s desired uses and/or dimensional standards. The application is considered a simultaneous request for an amendment to the Official City Zoning Map.

Variance: The City Council is authorized upon application in specific cases to consider such variances from the terms of the zoning ordinance as will not be contrary to the public interest. The existence of a nonconforming use of neighboring land, buildings, or structures in the same or in other districts shall not constitute a reason for a variance.

Zoning Verification: Receive an official city-backed letter detailing requested information on a parcel of land. Use this to verify zonings, permitted uses, future land uses, & any requested information.

Wanda D. Moore, PLA

Director of Community Development

Lucas Carter

Zoning Specialist


Planning & Zoning Forms & Applications