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Planning & Development

Mission Statement
The mission of the Planning & Development department is to support balanced and innovative development within the city and provide for future growth. The main goal of the department is to protect and strengthen the community and neighborhoods while also encouraging innovative business and real estate development that will broaden the City’s tax base, create and retain jobs, and provide for high-quality land development that will enhance the quality of life in Clarkston both today and in the future. 

Contact information
Shawanna Qawiy
1055 Rowland Street 
Clarkston, Georgia 30021
Phone: 404-296-6489
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
Planning & Zoning Board

The purpose of the Clarkston Planning & Zoning Board is to provide formal recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding zoning matters (i.e. rezoning requests and variance requests), changes and/or additions to the Zoning Ordinance, changes and/or amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, adoption of long-range planning studies and other similar matters. Additionally, the Board has final authority in the issuance of sign permits.

The Board is comprised of five (5) members appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Members serve 4-year overlapping terms.

3-7-17 Planning & Zoning Committee seat available with election of Jamie Carroll to City Council. Contact Planning & Development Manager for more information.  Complete the application (link belwo) and submit application to City of Clarkston


  • VACANT – Chairman
  • Amy Medford 
  • Felicia Weinert
  • Birendra Dhakal
  • Chuck McFarland

If you are interested in serving on the Planning & Zoning Committee when a vacancy occurs, download and complete the Planning & Zoning Committee Application.

Meetings and Agendas
The Planning and Zoning Board meets monthly on the third Tuesday beginning at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.
2018 Planning & Zoning Meeting Calendar
Current Agenda
Archive Agendas

Comprehensive Planning and the Livable Centers Initiative

As is required of every city and county within the State of Georgia, the City of Clarkston must develop and maintain a Comprehensive Plan, which serves as a guide for managing growth and development within the City.  The two primary pieces that comprise the Comprehensive Plan are:

  1. Community Assessment:  This serves as the data assessment, preliminary analysis, and public participation schedule for the Comprehensive Plan.  
  2. Community Agenda: Clarkston’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study document, which represents a vision for the City by outlining a series of long-term goals and objectives and offers implementation strategies and policy recommendations to achieve them.  Most LCI studies are focused on downtown areas or commercial corridors.  However, due to Clarkston’s size, its LCI Study has been permitted to be used as the City’s Community Agenda. Additionally, the following are contained within the Community Agenda:
    1. Short-Term Work Program (STWP), which outlines a list of five-year action items based on the original action items within the Comprehensive Plan, is derived from the content of the LCI study document;
    2. Future Development Map (or Future Land Use Map), which indicates on a parcel-by-parcel basis, the desired type and intensity of use and/or development.  A parcel’s future land use designation is separate from its zoning, but it is considered when a property owner seeks to rezone his/her property.   

Regular updating and maintenance of these documents keeps Clarkston’s status as a Qualified Local Government intact, which allows the City to be eligible to receive funding from various State and Federal programs.  The STWP was recently updated in 2012.  However, the Comprehensive Plan will be updated by way of a revised LCI study document no later than 2014, which will trigger an update to the STWP.  

The City of Clarkston has recently (January 2014) been awarded LCI Grant Funding to conduct a major update of the City's LCI Plan. 

To learn more about comprehensive planning in Georgia, visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website.  

To learn more about the LCI Program, visit the Atlanta Regional Commission’s website.

Documents of Interest

Application Packages 

Administrative Documents

Additional Resource Documents


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