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Planning & Zoning Board Meeting
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Madison County Comp Plan Meeting
July 14
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July 19
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July 26
Madison County Comp Plan Meeting
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Planning and Zoning

Telephone: 706-795-6345
Fax: 706-795-5176
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Email: tpatrick@madisonco.us

About Us:

MADISON COUNTY PLANNING & ZONING DEPARTMENT

Madison County Government Complex
91 Albany Avenue/Post Office Box 1138
Danielsville, GA. 30633
Hours: Mon-Friday 8am-5pm
Tracy W. Patrick, Zoning Administrator
706-795-6340 or 706-795-6345
tpatrick@madisonco.us

This site will assist you with most of your zoning questions, however, please feel free to call or email if you should have any questions.

For Building Permits or Building Inspection questions, please visit the Building Inspection's website or call 706-795-6350.

 

MORATORIUM NOTICE 

(Effective 5/23/22 - 11/19/22) 

For complete Moratorium Resolution:   UserFiles/File/Moratorium Extension 5_23_22.pdf
 
Comprehensive Plan Update Meetings:  UserFiles/File/Proposed Comp Plan.pdf
 
 
For properties located within City Limits: 

Please contact the appropriate City Hall listed below.  Our department does not have jurisdiction within City Limits.

  • Carlton: 706-797-3210 
  • Colbert: 706-788-2311
  • Comer: 706-783-4552 
  • Danielsville: 706-795-2189
  • Hull:  762-234-0430
  • Ila: 706-789-2244 

County Water Department:

Rezoning Applications:

  • For all Rezoning, Conditional Use, and Variance applications, please call 706-795-6345 to make an appointment with the Zoning Administrator. This takes approximately 30-45 minutes. 
  • Application Fees:
  • $250 for Residential
  • $300 for Business
  • $400 for Industrial.  

About the Planning and Zoning Commission:

  • 2022 Members - click for membership list 
  • 2022 Meeting Dates - click for calendar (Word document)
  • Purpose:
    • The purpose of the Madison County Planning and Zoning Department is to help the Board of Commissioners decide on land use with the best long term interests of the county. The Planning and Zoning Department achieves this through community-driven long range planning and through the application of the county's land use regulations. The county's Comprehensive Plan serves as an overall guide for development in the county, while the Madison County Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, and Storm water Ordinance provide specific details about how that development is to take place.

Zoning Applications:

Applications for the rezoning of property, for conditional uses, and for variances are accepted and reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Department, and are brought before the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Commissioners for review and approval. The Planning and Zoning Department also reviews  preliminary and final plats for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Commissioners.

Plat Approval:

  • Most plats can be approved when brought in, however, please call before coming to ensure availability. There is a $15.00 approval fee for plats.  We also request that all city plats be brought in to have the Map and Parcel numbers assigned before recording; there is no fee for these plats. We also ask the plats of existing parcels be brought in to ensure that our mapping records are correct; there is no fee for these plats. 
  • Rezone Plats have 1 year to be recorded! 
  • If your property is located on a private drive or an easement, please check with our office to make sure it can be subdivided before you have a survey done.  You cannot make any changes to a final plat of a subdivision that has been recorded, without approval from the Zoning Administrator or the Board of Commissioners.  This means the lots must stay as approved and recorded, without getting further approval.
  • Steps for Recording Plats
    • Plats with new splits must be stamped and signed by the Zoning Administrator.
    • As of Jan. 1, 2017 plats are recorded by e-file.
    • Thank you to all the Surveyors that submit the plats for the approval, and to those that put the map and parcel that the parcels splits are coming from. 

District Maps:

  • Madison County is divided into 5 Commission Districts.
  • District Map (Revised Feb. 2022)  

Future Land Use:

  • The density parameters relate specifically to subdivision developments and do not apply to single parcel splits within rural residential areas.
  • The Future Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan
  • The Future Land Use Map

Area,Yard, & Height Requirements:                                                      Building setbacks: 

  • 15' (From Side Property Lines)
  • 20' (From Rear Property Line)
  • 60' (From Centerline of a County Road.)
  • 70' (From Centerline of a Highway.)
  • For Commercial Setbacks, please call the office.
  • Additional Setbacks:
    • Wells and septic are regulated by the Madison County Health Department. 
    • Chicken houses - 300' from any property line (400' from any home other than the owner's).
    • Storage buildings - the same as the above table for Area, Yard, and Height Requirements.
    • Swimming pools - 10' from the property line.
    • Signs - 70' from centerline and 5' from ROW on Federal and State roads; 60' from centerline and 5' from ROW on County roads; If the sign is not on the subject's property, the ROW is determined by the property's zoning classification.
    • Fences, walls, shrubbery, or other obstructions to vision - anything 2.5' to 15' above the finished grade of streets cannot be within 20' of the intersection of the rights-of-way lines of streets or railroads (8.4.3).      

General Information:

  • Pre-owned mobile homes have new guidelines so please check with the Building and Zoning Office for details. 
  • You do not have to have 5 ac. for a mobile home, it is treated the same as a site built home.  The lot size depends on the zone of the property.  If it is any existing lot, you will need to be able to meet  the property set backs.
  • Campers can only be used as a temporary residence for up to one year with an active permit for building a home.
  • It is required to have at least 1 ac. per horse or cow.
  • A private drive or easement can only serve up to four lots, must be at least 30' wide, and no longer than 1500' long.
  • Only 1 single-family dwelling will be allowed on a lot, unless otherwise permitted by zoning, such as medical hardships, caretakers, and accessory dwelling units.
  • Property can only be split 3 times for a total of 4 lots within a 3 year period, without falling into major subdivision regulations.
  • Any structure that is that is 100 sq. ft. or larger must be permitted.
  • Any accessory building such as a storage building, smaller than 288 sq. ft.,, do not have to be permitted.  If you are adding electrical you must get an electrical permit.
  • Unenclosed pole barns do not have to be permitted, but must meet set backs.  If fully enclosed, a building permit is required.
  • Commercial buildings under 5,000 sq. ft. are not required to have building plans but are required to have a site plan. 
  • All construction of 5,000 sf. must submit a storm water plan.  If you are adding to an existing site your plan must be amended.

Poultry House Requirements:

Political Signs:

  • Section 10.9: Permitted in A-1, A-2, RR, R-1, R-2, R-3
  • Political signs, nonilluminated, not to exceed eight sq. ft. of area.
  • Maximum height for A-1, A-2, & RR is 20'.
  • Maximum height for R-1, R-2, & R-3, is 5'.
  • Political signs are not permitted in B & I zones.
  • THE LARGEST A POLITICAL SIGN CAN BE IS 8 SQ. FT.
  • YOU CAN FIND THIS ON PAGE 10-9 OF THE MADISON COUNTY ZONING ORDINACE.

Zoning Classification Summary:

Amendments 2013

Amendments 2014

Amendments 2015

Amendments 2016

Amendments 2017

Amendments 2018

Amendments 2019

Approved Oct. 7, 2019

Section 3.1 ( The words in red are new)

ACCRESSORY BUILDING OR USE:  A subordinate building or use customarily incidental to the principal; use of the land and located on the same lot with the principal incidental to the principal use of the land and located on the same lot with the principal use.  This would include but not be restricted to personal garage, storage buildings, sheds, prefab buildings or like structures after the residence has been built.  An accessory building cannot be lived in.

Section 7.3.1.3 (The words in red are new)

Accessory buildings are allowed, with a residence as the principle structure.  Accessory buildings including garages, sheds, or other structures required for or customarily incidental to the limited agricultural activity permitted in this district.  Automobiles not in operating condition shall not be parked between the residence and the street or the streets in adjoins.  All cars not in operation condition shall be parked in the rear yard, carport, or garage.  All automobile parts shall be stored within a garage or enclosed storage building.

Section 7.1.1.7  (The words in red are new)

Accessory buildings Agricultural Structures and uses customarily incidental to the operation of ta farm, including, private garages, sheds, barns, silos, water towers, grain bins, greenhouses and or other storage structures, provided said structures are located on the same lot or farm and are not used for conducting a business or service inconsistent with A-1 allowed practices. A minimum of 5 acres is required.

Section 7.2.1.5 (The words in red are new)

 Agricultural Structures Agricultural Structures and uses customarily incidental to the operation of ta farm, including, private garages, sheds, barns, silos, water towers, grain bins, greenhouses and or other storage structures, provided said structures are located on the same lot or farm and are not used for conducting a business or service inconsistent with A-2 allowed practices. A minimum of 5 acres is required.

Amendments 2021

Amendments 2022

Subdivision Information:

The following information is provided for reference only, and is not the official version of the Madison County Subdivision Regulations. The official version can be obtained in the Madison County Planning and Zoning Department.


Mobile Home Park Information: 

The following information is provided for reference only, and is not the official version of the Madison County Mobile Home Park Regulations. The official version can be obtained in the Madison County Planning & Zoning Department.

Open Records Request Information:

  • The County Clerk is designated as the Open Records Officer to act for Madison County.  
  • All requests for records made under the Act directed to the County shall be made in writing to the Open Records Officer.

 

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