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Planning & Zoning's Role

The Clay County Planning & Zoning Commission was established on March 19, 2002. The purpose of establishing a Zoning Ordinance was to set forth standards and permissible uses designated to conserve and protect the natural, economic and scenic resources of the county; to secure safety from fire, panic and other dangers; to promote health, aesthetics, convenience, order, prosperity and general welfare; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent the overcrowding of land; to promote desirable living conditions and stability of neighborhoods; to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, public and private sewerage, schools, parks and other public requirements by regulating the uses of the land.

Zoning regulations were created for the following purposes: to define certain words used therein; to create zone boundaries; to regulate the location of trades, professions, businesses, and industries; to regulate the density in distribution of population; to provide for the gradual elimination of nonconforming uses of land, buildings, and structures; to define and limit the powers and duties of the planning commission; to provide a method for administration, amendment, and enforcement; to provide for the imposition of penalties for violations; repeal conflicting ordinances and resolutions; and for other purposes. The Clay County Zoning Ordinance governs the use of all land and development within the unincorporated areas of Clay County, Georgia. The Complete Zoning ordinance can be found on this web site under the document tab above.

Planning & Zoning Commission

Clay County has an appointed Planning Commission made up of five volunteers. These individuals shall follow the Zoning Ordinance when considering all applications to the commission. They, in turn, will be the appropriate recommendations to the Clay County Board of Commissioners who has the final decision on all matters pertaining to zoning.

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