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Development Review Process

Development Review involves reviewing and permitting large-scale development projects located in unincorporated Hall County. The review process involves several departments, and state agencies including, but not limited to, Engineering, Environmental Health, Fire Services, Soil and Water Conservation, Planning, Public Utilities, and Public Works. The review process is required for commercial projects, multi-family developments, industrial projects, major subdivisions, and institutional projects.

Plans are submitted to the Planning Department and then routed to all other reviewing departments simultaneously so that comments can be made and compiled in a timely and effective manner.  Once you submit your permit application, the associated civil plans are reviewed by technical experts to ensure compliance with development codes and regulations.

The preliminary review takes two weeks. As each reviewer completes the review, he or she will either approve the plans or return marked-up plans with comments to the Plans Review Coordinator (PRC).  Once the review period is complete, the PRC will return comments to the customer for revisions.

The number of departmental comments and the time it takes for the engineer, land surveyor or other professionals to address the comments determines the timeframe in which a Land Disturbance Permit (LDP) is issued. When the necessary approvals are obtained, a LDP will be issued to begin the development.

DRC Final

Development Review Committee Meeting Schedule & Submittal Deadlines

The Development Review Committee (DRC) holds weekly meetings every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at the Hall County Government Center (2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, Georgia 30504) in the 3rd floor conference room.  During these meetings, customers meet with DRC staff and discuss potential development projects.  Plans may also be submitted for review during these meetings.  Attendance at the DRC meeting is not mandatory; however, the meeting can be very informative and help you understand the review process as it relates to a particular development.  Applicants may also submit plans for distribution in advance of the meeting.  Plans submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. each Tuesday will be distributed the following day at the DRC meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does “Development Review” work?

Plans are submitted to the Planning Department and then routed to all other reviewing departments simultaneously so that comments can be made and compiled in a timely and effective manner.  Once you submit your permit application, the associated civil plans are reviewed by technical experts to ensure compliance with development codes and regulations.

The preliminary review takes two weeks. As each reviewer completes the review, he or she will either approve the plans or return marked-up plans with comments to the Plans Review Coordinator (PRC).  Once the review period is complete, the PRC will return comments to the customer for revisions.

How do I know if my project requires Development Review?

The review process is required for commercial projects, multi-family developments, industrial projects, major subdivisions, and institutional projects.   If you are unsure if your project will require a review contact Sarah McQuade, Plans Review Coordinator, at 770.297.5544 or smcquade@hallcounty.org. 

Do I have to attend the Development Review meeting?

Attendance at the Development Review meeting is not mandatory; however, the meeting can be very informative and help you understand the review process as it relates to a particular development. 

I submitted for Development Review, but my plans weren’t approved. Now what?

Many projects require resubmittals. Have your plans revised to satisfy the comments from the reviewers and then resubmit to the Plans Review Coordinator who will redistribute them to the Development Review Committee.

Development Review Fees

Project Type
Fee
Commercial Land Disturbance Permit
$400 + $40/disturbed acre
3rd Review Fee
$100
Preliminary Subdivision Plat
$400 + $40/disturbed acre + 0.40¢/linear foot of new streets
Final Subdivision Plat
$400 + $10/lot
Revisions to Approved Plans
$200
As-built Review
$200


Development Review Committee Members

Planning
Sarah McQuade
Planning Manager
770.297.5544
smcquade@hallcounty.org 
Plans Review Coordinator
Beth Garmon
Senior Planner
770.297.5542
egarmon@hallcounty.org 
Plan Reviewer
Addressing
Mark Lane
GIS Manager
770.531.6809
mlanke@hallcounty.org 
Addressing
City of Gainesville Public Utilities
Nick Swafford
Permitting Manager
770.538.2418
nswafford@gainesville.org 
Public Utilities Reviewer
Engineering/Public Works
Tammie Croy
Engineer
770.531.6800
tcroy@hallcounty.org 
Stormwater Engineer
Frank Miller
Engineer
770.531.6800
fmiller@hallcounty.org 
Stormwater Engineer
Charles Turner
Engineer
770.531.6800
cturner@hallcounty.org 
Stormwater Engineer
Scott Puckett
Engineer
770.531.6800
spuckett@hallcounty.org 
Traffic Engineer
Environmental Health
Chad Harper
Inspector
770.531.3973
charper@hallcounty.org 
Commercial Plan Reviewer
Emily McGahee
Inspector
770.531.3973
emcgahee@hallcounty.org 
Residential Plan Reviewer
Fire Services
John Hornick
Lieutenant
770.531.6838
jhornick@hallcounty.org 
Plan Reviewer
Georgia Department of Transportation
Steve Kelly
District Engineer
770.531.5797
skelly@dot.ga.gov 
Plan Reviewer
Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Greg Bell
Soil & Water Conservation
770.531.6827
gregory.bell@ga.usda.gov 
Plans Reviewer
Cindy Edge
Soil & Water Conservation
770.531.6827