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Address: 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253
Tel: (770) 288-7526 / Fax: (770) 288-7550
Director: Daunte' Gibbs
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
To submit questions about the ULDC, please contact us.
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.
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)
A large part of our responsibility to the public is to educate and inform the public about the nature and process of Comprehensive Planning as well as the State and local requirements for the Comprehensive Plan. The following comments and website links should help with our understanding of the nature of the Comprehensive Plan. Some of the following descriptions have been taken from Rules of Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Chapter 110-12-1, Minimum Standards and Procedures for Local Comprehensive Planning, effective May 1, 2005.
The Comprehensive Plan consists of three basic components – a Community Assessment, a Community Participation Program and a Community Agenda and m ust be prepared jointly by Henry County and its cities, reviewed, and approved by DCA and ARC no later than October 31, 2008. Henry County has decided to carry out this plan jointly with the cities of Hampton, Loc ust Grove, McDonough, and Stockbridge. Once adopted by the five jurisdictions, the Comprehensive Plan will serve as the official long range policy for guiding future decisions concerning land use, zoning, and public facilities for Henry County and its municipalities.
What we commonly refer to as the Land Use Plan is not the Comprehensive Plan. The Land Use Plan is but one of eight elements of the Comprehensive Plan.
The other elements of the Comprehensive Plan include, but are not limited to Public Participation, Data and Mapping Requirements, Cultural Resources, Agricultural and Forestry Lands, Variances, and Plan Amendments.
Is the Land Use Plan the same as the Future Land Use Map?
No. The Future Land Use Map (FLUM) is a graphic expression of the Land Use Plan, and is one of many mapped elements of it. It is not the Plan itself. The Land Use Plan includes a set of policy statements or goals about the way we would like to grow in the future that will guide the way we make decisions about land uses. The Land Use Element provides local governments the opportunity to inventory existing land use patterns and trends; to guide/direct future patterns of growth, based on community needs and desires; and to develop goals, policies and strategies for future land use that support and reflect the economic, housing, community service and natural and cultural goals and policies of the plan. Each local government must address existing and future land uses that are located within the jurisdiction of the local government. The Land Use Plan element must include consideration of any designated or nominated Regionally Important Resource wholly or partially within the local government jurisdiction. The local government must also address areas that are likely to be undergoing any jurisdictional boundary changes within the planning period, if any. Municipalities are strongly encouraged to plan land uses for areas that are or may be reasonably expected to become part of the municipal limits during the next ten (10) years.
The Comprehensive Plan also includes a Community Vision element.
The Vision for the Future of the Community must be included in the Comprehensive Plan and must be supported by the Community Goals and Implementation Program. The Community Vision is intended to portray a complete picture of what the community desires to become based upon public input, the assessment of current and future needs, and coordination with other elements of the plan. The Vision should generate pride and enthusiasm about the future of the community, and identify how the Community Vision addresses Community, Regional and State Planning Goals and Objectives.
The Comprehensive Plan also includes Implementation Strategies.
To the extent practicable, the local government should seek to develop implementation strategies that address more than one goal or objective. For example, encouraging more compact urban development can address more efficient use of existing infrastructure, while at the same time addressing preservation of open space.
The Comprehensive Plan also includes Monitoring and Evaluation Procedures
In addition to the required Short Term Work Program portion of the plan, each element should include procedures for monitoring and evaluating plan implementation. Specific measurable objectives should be included to provide a basis for evaluating effectiveness, such as reporting requirements for entities responsible for implementing the objectives of the plan, records regarding the availability of new or revised data, planning and development activities, other actions taken to implement the plan, such as, capital improvements planning, adoption of intergovernmental or inter-local agreements, issuance of development approvals, certificates of occupancy, and land use changes.
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.
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).
Solid Waste Management Plan Survey Results:
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.
Pre-application meetings are required before acceptance of any zoning application. chedule your pre-application meeting via the form below.
Where to start and what the processes are for:
Below you will find some helpful Planning & Zoning related links and resources:
James F. Risher
Delander Nelson | Chairman
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.
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.
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Henry County Administration Building
140 Henry Parkway
McDonough, GA 30253