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Planning & Zoning

Address: 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253
Tel: (770) 288-7526 / Fax: (770) 288-7550
Director: Daunte' Gibbs

County Code

Our Mission

The mission of the Planning and Zoning Department is to effectively manage community change in the short and long term with regards to land use, transportation, historic preservation and overall development, in order to create a sustainable, livable, and economically successful future for the citizens of Henry County.

The means by which the Planning and Zoning Department is effectively manage community change is the comprehensive review and approval of all developments within the City of Stockbridge and unincorporated areas of Henry County. In addition, the Planning and Zoning Department interprets and implements the goals and objectives of the Joint Comprehensive Development Plan and interprets the regulations and requirements of the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.

The Unified Land Development Code (ulDC) was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on September 15, 2009 and amended in 2010. The ULDC replaces Chapters 3-6 through 3-11 of the Henry County Code of Ordinances.

In 2010, the ulDC became accessible via MuniCode as “Appendix A” and multiple ordinance amendments have been approved by the Board of Commissioners since that time.  For a hard copy of the current ulDC document, please contact our offices at (770) 288-7526

  • Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1 - General Provisions: Establishes the purpose of the ulDC, and addresses the Conversion of previous zoning districts and documents adopted by reference like the Official Zoning Map, Building/Construction Codes, etc.
  • Chapter 2 - Zoning Districts: Provides minimum setbacks, lot size, permitted land and building uses, in accordance with the Henry County land use plan.
  • Chapter 3 - Protection of Natural Features and Resources: Provides protection for the natural features and natural resources like floodplain, watersheds, wetlands, groundwater, river corridors, and open spaces.
  • Chapter 4 - Site Design Standards: Provides site design and development standards applicable to public and private development activity, including permitted locations, height, bulk, and size of buildings and other structures.
  • Chapter 5 - Landscaping, Buffers and Tree Protection: Provides requirements for the landscaping and buffering of developments and for the protection of existing trees in all zoning districts.
  • Chapter 6 - Alternative Site Design Standards: Provides flexibility, creativity, and innovation in site design.
  • Chapter 7 - Standards for Accessory and Temporary Uses: Provides guidelines for fencing, Accessory Structure/Dwelling Standards, Signage and Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF-cell towers)
  • Chapter 8 - Infrastructure Improvements: Establishes standards and requirements for the transportation system, streets, sidewalks, parking, streetlights, and clear visibility at intersections.
  • Chapter 9 - Activity Center Overlay District Provides specific guidelines for the Activity Center Master Planning Process.
  • Chapter 10 - Boards and Committees: Provides overview of the departments, boards, and commissions that have been are established for the purpose of implementing the provisions of the ulDC.
  • Chapter 11 - Variations: Provides mechanisms for obtaining relief from the provisions of this ulDC where hardship would otherwise occur.
  • Chapter 12 - Administrative Procedures: Provides appeals processes and procedures for receiving, reviewing, and rendering decisions on applications for all development and permits.
  • Appendix A - Master list of Acronyms and Definitions: ulDC/Zoning definitions
  • Appendix B - Administration of Building and Technical Codes: Includes Building, Gas, Mechanical Plumbing, Electrical and the One and Two-Family Dwelling Codes, referred to as the "Technical Codes."

To submit questions about the ULDC, please contact us.

2030 Joint Henry County/Cities Comprehensive Plan Draft Elements

The Henry County Board of Commissioners officially adopted the Joint Henry County/Cities 2030 Comprehensive Plan on March 17, 2009. On April 20, 2009, the Board made minor amendments to the Plan and Future Land Use Map. The Comprehensive Plan, Unified Land Development Code (ulDC) and the Official Zoning Map have been adopted and are in effect as of the Board of Commissioners' meeting on September 15, 2009.

The Comprehensive Plan was a major initiative that engaged its citizens in a collaborative effort to ultimately create more vibrant and livable communities in Henry County. A team of consultants worked with County and City staff, residents and other interested stakeholders to prepare a comprehensive plan and new ordinances that guide the future growth and preservation of one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.  Also, this summer, the Unified Land Development Code (ulDC) will be adopted by the Board, as well. The ulDC will implement the goals and policies of the Joint Henry County/Cities 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

  1. Community Agenda Presentation
  2. Community Agenda
  3. Activity Centers Proposed Uses (49KB)
  4. Future Land UseDefinition (144KB)
  5. Future Land Use (2.66MB)
  6. Master Errata Sheet (609KB)

Henry County Community Assessment (10.97MB; Last updated: October 9, 2007)

Technical Addendum (15MB; Last updated: November 7, 2007)
Figures mentioned in the assessment are listed below with their appropriate links:

Land Use Maps:

Community Participation Program (225KB)

Helpful Information

Helpful Information

For more information, or if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact Planning & Zoning at (770) 288-7526.

The functions of the Long Range Planning Division of the Planning and Zoning Department relate to the long range quality growth and development of the County. Its activities include the preparation and maintenance of the County's Comprehensive Plan; updating and implementing zoning and land-use planning related policies, ordinances, and amendments to the Comprehensive Plan; updating the Short Term Work Plan for the County and the City of Stockbridge; and developing the Capital Improvements Element and Impact Fee sections of the Henry County's Financial Reports; as well as developing a Solid Waste Management Plan that meets the State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs local planning requirements for Qualified Local Government Status. Other activities involve, coordination with the Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, other agencies, and municipalities, Small Area Plans and Studiesand managing projects, monitoring changes in demographic and economic data, and other related information and activity within Henry County.

The Solid Waste Management Plan is intended to provide a framework to facilitate and encourage integrated, comprehensive solid waste management planning at the local, multi-jurisdictional, and regional levels. A comprehensive solid waste management assists communities in meeting the statewide goal of reducing waste, providing for effective solid waste management, and ensuring ten years of collection capacity and disposal capacity.

Solid Waste Management Rules of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Chapter 110-4-3: the Minimum Standards and Procedures are designed to promote and reinforce the link between solid waste plans, the Solid Waste Annual Survey and Full Cost Report, and solid waste grants, loans, and facility permits. All solid waste management plans must include the following planning elements: waste disposal stream analysis; waste reduction; collection; disposal; land limitation; education and public involvement; and an implementation schedule. Specifically, the plan shall address the following: an adequate collection and disposal capacity; enumerate the solid waste handling facilities as to size and type; and identify those sites which are not suitable for solid waste handling faculties based on environmental and land use factor.

All local governments are required to complete an update to the "approved" Solid Waste Management Plan at least once every ten years. In addition, if any significant solid waste facility or program changes occur, an update to the Plan should be initiated to encompass the resultant actions that a major change in facilities or programs will create.

Henry County's current Solid Waste Management Plan was prepared by W.L. Jorden & Company, and approved on May 15, 1992. Then, it was revised by Henry County's Department of Solid Waste and Department of Community Development on December 23, 1994. A five year update to the Joint Henry County/Cities SWMP was completed in 2004 and adopted by Henry County and the Cities of Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough and Stockbridge in 2005.

County & Cities Joint Solid Waste Management Plan

The Planning & Zoning Department is pleased to present the Joint Henry County/Cities Solid Waste Management Plan: 2008-2018 (SWMP) and Solid Waste Management Plan 2008-2018 Implementation Plan. Download the entire document in Adobe PDF format (2.4MB).

SWMP Survey

Solid Waste Management Plan Survey Results:

Helpful links

Below are some helpful links relating to the Solid Waste Management Plan:

A public hearing was held on Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the adoption of the map/plan. You may download the plans here:

Please see link below for the Fairview Overlay Facebook page as well as a link to the Visual Preference Survey (VPS) for anyone who was not able to complete the VPS at the Community meeting held on Tuesday, October 8th.

Please see links below for upated information on the Fairview Road Overlay District. A public hearing is scheduled for June 17, 2014.

links & Resources

Below you will find some helpful Planning & Zoning related links and resources:

District I

Michael Barr
Email: mbarr@southernco.com

District II

Susan King
Email: susankingradio@gmail.com

District III

James F. Risher

District IV

Vikki Consiglio
Email: mcreynolds258@charter.net

District V

Delander Nelson | Chairman
Email: dcnel2@gmail.com

City of Hampton

Warren Bailey

County At Large

Pete Peterson
Email: patsolutions1@gmail.com

Zoning Advisory Board:
Agenda & Minutes

The Henry County Zoning Advisory Board meets bi-monthly on the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Henry County Administration Building. (Note: A meeting date may be revised due to scheduling conflicts. An increased case load may also necessitate adding a second meeting during the month. Please contact Planning and Zoning for verification of meeting dates.) If you would like to speak at the public hearing, please fill out a Comment card with a Staff member. Minutes from the Zoning Advisory Board meetings will be approved at the next scheduled public hearing.

  2018 Meeting Schedule  
January 11, 2018 March 8, 2018 May 10, 2018
July 12, 2018 September 13, 2018 November 8, 2018

Henry County Planning & Zoning broadcasts its Zoning Advisory Board meetings on Charter Cable channel 180 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, as well as live and on demand on the county’s website. 

Planning & Zoning Staff

Daunte’ Gibbs 
Planning & Zoning Director
(770) 288-7526

Stacey Jordan-Rudeseal 
Chief Planner
(770) 288-7526

Juli Yoder
Planner I
(770) 288-7526

Zane Grennell
Planner I
(770) 288-7526

Justin Kilgore
Planner I
(770) 288-7526

Karis Trimble
Planning and Zoning Specialist
(770) 288-7526

Carol Cunningham 
Accounts Administrator
(770) 288-7526


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