Planning and Zoning
The Planning Commission was created by the city to hear all applications for rezoning, approve preliminary and final plans, consider amendments to the zoning ordinance and to recommend to the mayor and council any action on such applications.
The Zoning Board of Appeals is empowered by the mayor and council to hear and decide all apeals of commission decisions, grant conditional use permits and authorize variances.
The Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals consist of five members each and they meet at city hall as needed.
The goal of the Planning and Zoning staff is to promote the efficient and orderly development of private properties and businesses. Staff prepares Planning and Zoning Commission agendas, reviews subdivision plats, zoning cases, and site plans.
Assistance is available from staff on the conceptual phases of planning a project, with community involvement processes, with detailed feedback and formal reviews, and with the scheduling and processing of cases before the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.
In evaluating the proposed applications, the commission considers the city's Land Use Plan, Zoning Map and Comprehensive Plan. The commission takes into account public input and applicable criteria such as whether traffic created by a proposal would lead to congestion, noise and traffic hazards; whether there is conflict with density patterns in the district and whether the proposed use is compatible with the Future Land Use Map.
Anyone wishing to apply for property change of zoning, special land use permit, annexations and variances must file an application accompanied by the following documents:
- A legal description of the subject property to be rezoned or to receive a special use permit.
- A recent letter sized plat showing the dimensions and location of subject property prepared by an engineer, or land surveyor whose state registration is current and valid and whose seal is affixed to that plat.
- Proof that all city, county, and state ad valorem taxes due on the property have been paid in full.
- The owner(s) of record must sign the application. If the owner is unable to be present to sign, then his duly authorized agent must present a signed notarized letter of consent before signing the application.
A public meeting is required before any of the requests may be granted. All meetings are advertised in the newspaper of choice and in the public notices section of this website. The advertisement gives the time and nature of the meeting and all meetings are open to the public. After hearing each case, the commission or board will make its recommendation for the disposition of that case to Grovetown's City Council.