The Development Department coordinates and facilitates strategies for the land development and redevelopment of the City. The Department consists of five divisions including: Economic Development & Redevelopment, Building & Inspections, Planning & Zoning, Code Compliance and GIS. The Chair appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the Development Department is Alderman Tim Richardson and the co-chair is Alderman Tim Houston.
Planning and Zoning:
The Planning and Zoning division is responsible for reviewing applications and making recommendations for concept plans, rezoning, annexations, variances, site plans, subdivision plats and other development-related projects. This division is responsible for ensuring that proposed projects meet the minimum zoning and development standards, and generally are consistent with the goals of the Comprehensive Plan. The division also provides staff support to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Staff reviews, approves and issues all building construction permits required by the City’s Codes as well as inspects construction activities to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Acworth.
Inspections are done to ensure compliance with the State Mandated Construction Code as well as local Acworth codes and ordinances. The division also inspects existing tenant spaces prior to occupancy by new businesses.
GIS Map Portal
ESRI’s ArcView is used to compile all Geographic Information into a single mapping system. All parcel and land lot information is tracked, as well as yearly aerial photography of the city’s boundaries. The GIS department works closely with the police department to provide specialized mapping requests, assigns all new addresses within the City limits and creates and maintains all of the City’s mapping needs.
The Economic Development Division serves the city by encouraging economic growth through attracting and retaining business and industry, promoting small business development, supporting commercial revitalization and encouraging tourism. If your business is looking to expand or relocate to Acworth, or learn more about our wonderful community, our Economic Development team is your partner in your efforts and successes.
The Code Compliance Division is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Acworth by providing effective compliance of City adopted ordinances, housing codes, and zoning codes. The Code Compliance Division strives to achieve compliance through:
- encouraging voluntary compliance with codes and ordinances
- educating citizens through neighborhood meetings, personal contact, and media outlets
- patrolling the city on a frequent and regular basis for violations
- responding promptly to citizen complaints
- coordinating services with other departments at the city, county, and state level and issuing court summons for violations when necessary
The City encourages citizens to participate in keeping Acworth a clean, safe place to live and raise families by obeying codes and reporting possible violations, particularly in these areas:
- Junk vehicles
- Overgrown yards or lots
- Illegal dumping
- Illegal signs
- Dilapidated housing
- Immediate Safety Concerns (abandoned refrigerators, unsecured pools, aggressive/vicious animals, etc.)