Zoning, Conditional Use and Variance Requests
PLEASE NOTE: Dropped-off applications will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted electronically through Accela.
Zoning Application Coordinator
About the Application Process
All applications require a pre-application meeting prior to official submittal. A pre-application meeting includes providing a concept plan and narrative to Staff in order to ensure that adequate review may be conducted. During this meeting, Staff may advise the applicant with regards to zoning regulations, ask for additional information, or recommend changes to the proposal.
Following the pre-application meeting, applicants should be prepared to review their complete application with Staff prior to submittal. Once Staff has deemed the application complete, applicants will submit the application through the Accela Citizen Access Portal. The HCPC Calendar outlines each meeting date and its corresponding submission deadline.
Please contact Katie Greenway firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a pre-application meeting or to discuss a potential zoning request.
About the Public Meeting Process
Rezoning, Conditional Use, and Variance applications are requests first heard by the Hall County Planning Commission (HCPC) at a Public Meeting. Rezoning and Conditional Use requests subject to the Board of Commissioners (BOC) approval are heard at a second public meeting where final action is taken by the BOC; when the final action is determined by the BOC, the Planning Commission’s acts as a recommending board and their recommendation is forwarded to the BOC along with any public comments. Both the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioner meetings are usually held on the second floor of the Hall County Government building located at 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30504.
Public Hearing Procedures (Planning Commission)
- The chairman will call the meeting to order.
- The Commission will approve or amend the minutes of the previous meeting.
- The chairman will address Old Business items on the agenda.
- The chairman will hear New Business requests.
- The chairman will read the legal description of the application to be heard.
- The applicant will give their presentation.
- The Commission may ask questions of the applicant.
- The Commission may ask questions of staff.
- The chairman will open the floor to the public, calling for those “in favor” to speak first and then those “in opposition.”
a) Speakers wishing to address the Commission shall clearly state their name and address, and sign in.
b) Speakers shall be allowed to speak for no more than the time limit set by the chairman. The chairman or a person designated by the chairman shall be responsible for enforcing the time limit. Typically, the time is set at 3 minutes per person for up to 7 people per side (for or against)
c) Comments must pertain only to the merits of the proposed application and must be directed to the Commission. Comments are not allowed which may be construed as personal attacks on any other speaker or as irrelevant to the application. Violators will first be cautioned and then prevented from making further comment.
5. The applicant may be allowed a brief rebuttal.
6. The chairman will read for the record any correspondence received in support or opposition to the application.
7. The chairman will close the public hearing to further public comment.
8. The chairman will open the floor for discussion by the Commission. The Commission will decide whether to vote on approval or denial of the application, postpone a decision (“table”), or take other action.
F. The chairman will ask if there is any other business to discuss once all requests have been heard.
G. The chairman will entertain a motion to adjourn.