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Site Development Reviews

The site development plan review staff reviews land disturbance permit (LDP) construction drawings, final plats, and storm system as-builts to ensure compliance with applicable city codes and standards as well as state and federal regulations.

The site review specifically evaluates the project's site layout, stormwater runoff systems, environmental and tree protection components, landscaping requirements, and ensures conformance with the Georgia Plat Act.

This review, along with a transportation, zoning, and fire review, are part of the City's weekly, concurrent review process. Plans, plats, and as-builts for review should be submitted by 11 a.m. Tuesday for a return of comments and redlines by Wednesday of the following week.

A meeting is held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon to provide an opportunity for permit applicants, engineers, developers, and others to discuss review comments or other issues with the entire plan review staff. A sign in sheet is available from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for these first-come, first-served meetings.

Land Disturbance Permit (LDP) Review

Land disturbing activities greater than 5,000 sq. ft. require a Land Disturbance Permit (LDP). "Land disturbance" refers to any activity that may result in soil erosion from water or wind and the movement of sediments into state waters or onto lands within the state, including, but not limited to demolition, clearing/grubbing, dredging, grading, tree removal, excavating, filling, storage or transporting materials.

The plan review staff verifies compliance of residential and non-residential projects with the Land Disturbance Permit and checklist.

Plans are also reviewed for compliance with the Georgia Rules for Environmental Planning Criteria which regulates development in water supply watersheds, and river corridor and wetlands protection.

Erosion & Sediment Control (E&SC) is handled as a component of the site plan review process as well as through random field inspections on all permitted sites.

The site development plan review staff ensures that all submitted land development plans comply with the requirements of the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Construction Activities.

The City arborist will review submitted plans for compliance with the City's tree preservation ordinance and administrative guidelines. Plans are also concurrently reviewed by the City's transportation engineer, planning & zoning administrator, and the fire inspector to ensure compliance with applicable codes.

Final Plat / As-Built End of Development Review

Once the LDP is approved and development is complete, plan review staff will review either the final plat / As-built for residential developments documents or the as-built end of development documents for commercial documents for official recording or issuance of certificate of completion. Any applicable agreements, maintenance and/or performance sureties and other documents should be submitted at this time. The plats are concurrently reviewed by the City's plan reviewers, transportation engineer and planning & zoning administrator to ensure compliance with applicable codes.

A site inspection is also conducted by land development inspectors to note any deficiencies that need correcting and to ensure the plats and/or as-builts conform to the original land disturbance plans. For more information, see the Final Plat/As-Built or As-built - End of Development Application and checklist.