Zoning sets up, within a defined area, the types of buildings and what they will be used for. For example, a residential area may be zoned R22, which means that the lots can contain one single-family home and the lots are a minimum of 22,500 square feet.
Zoning is regulated based on maps approved by the City Council. A variance may be obtained in some cases if a property owner wants to build something not allowed in the property's zone.
Some questions and approvals for zoning can be issued over-the-counter by the same staff that reviews your building plans. Others need reviews by specialty zoning or planning staff.
There are also special zones within the city such as planned districts. The city's Zoning Department can answer questions about these areas. To request information, call 770-461-6029 and ask for Zoning Department.