Development Review Division

About the Division

The Development Review Division assists with the review and permitting of large-scale development projects located in unincorporated Hall County.  A Land Disturbance Permit (LDP) is required for all commercial and industrial activities which involve the construction of new buildings, grading, construction of infrastructure (new roads or utilities), and commercial additions.  A permit is also needed for all industrial and residential subdivision developments including the preliminary construction phase of roads, ponds, utilities, grading, clearing, etc.

We recommend that prior to submitting plans, applicants attend a Development Review meeting.  This meeting will give the applicant vital information on the review process, including the number of plans required for review, the timeline and any associated fees.  This meeting also provides applicants an opportunity to discuss their project with all departments who will be reviewing their plans.  The Development Review meeting is held each Wednesday at 9:00am in the 3rd floor conference room of the Hall County Government Center. - Sarah McQuade, Plans Review Coordinator

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Development Review Process

Depending upon the extent of the project, the plans may include existing conditions, soil and erosion measures, grading plans, septic designs, hydrological plans, roadway profiles, storm drain profiles, landscape plans, fire access, traffic studies, water line profiles, etc.

Before developing a property in Hall County, plans must be submitted to the Plans Review Coordinator and then reviewed by the Development Review Committee for compliance with local, state, and federal laws.  Plans are submitted to the Planning & Development Department and then routed to all other reviewing departments simultaneously so that comments can be made and compiled in a timely and effective manner.  Once you submit your permit application, the associated civil plans are reviewed by technical experts to ensure compliance with development codes and regulations.

The preliminary review takes two weeks. As each reviewer completes the review, he or she will either approve the plans or return marked-up plans with comments to the Plans Review Coordinator (PRC).  Once the review period is complete, the PRC will return comments to the customer for revisions.

The number of departmental comments and the time it takes for the engineer, land surveyor or other professionals to address the comments determines the time frame in which a LDP is issued. When the necessary approvals are obtained, a LDP will be issued to begin the development.

Development Review Committee Meeting Schedule & Submittal Deadlines

The Development Review Committee (DRC) consists of members from the Hall County Planning Department, Hall County Traffic Engineering, Hall County Fire Services, Hall County Soil and Water Conservation District, Gainesville Public Utilities and Hall County Environmental Health.  

The DRC holds weekly meetings every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at the Hall County Government Center (2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, Georgia 30504) in the 3rd floor conference room.  During these meeting customers meet with DRC staff and discuss potential development projects.  

Plans may also be submitted for review during these meetings.  Attendance at the DRC meeting is not mandatory; however, the meeting can be very informative and help you understand the review process as it relates to a particular development.  Applicants may also submit plans for distribution in advance of the meeting.  Plans submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. each Tuesday will be distributed the following day at the DRC meeting.

Development Review Committee Members

Contact Department Phone Email Address
Sarah McQuade
Plans Review Coordinator
770.297.5544 smcquade@hallcounty.org
Beth Garmon
Planning & Development
770.297.5542 egarmon@hallcounty.org
Frank Miller
Planning & Development
770.531.6809 fmiller@hallcounty.org
Charles Turner
Planning & Development
770.531.6809 caturner@hallcounty.org
Becca Peoples
GIS/Addressing
770.531.6809 rpeoples@hallcounty.org
Chad Harper
Environmental Health
770.531.3973 charper@hallcounty.org
Emily McGahee
Environmental Health
770.531.3973 emagahee@hallcounty.org
John Hornick
Fire Services
770.531.6838 jhornick@hallcounty.org
Scott Puckett
Traffic Engineering
770.531.6800 spuckett@hallcounty.org
Nick Swafford
City of Gainesville Public Utilities
770-538-2476
nswafford@gainesville.org
Greg Bell Soil & Water Conservation District 770.531.6827 gregory.bell@ga.usda.gov

Development Review Fees

Project Type
Fee
Commercial Land Disturbance Permit
$400 + $40/disturbed acre
3rd Review Fee $100
Preliminary Subdivision Plat
$400 + $40/disturbed acre + 0.40¢/linear foot of new streets
Finial Subdivision Plat
$400 + $10/lot
Revision to Approved Plans
$200
As-built Review
$200

Development Review Steps

  1. The applicant submits the required number of plans to the Plans Review Coordinator (PRC), who will distribute the plans to the appropriate departments.  Plans should be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday for distribution at the Wednesday Development Review meeting (plans may also be submitted at the Wednesday Development Review meeting, but may not be distributed at that time if there are missing components).  The first review period is two (2) weeks.
  2. On the Thursday following the two (2) week review period, the PRC coordinator will contact the applicant with comments from the reviewing departments.
  3. After the applicant has addressed all comments, plans may be resubmitted to the PRC for a second review.  The resubmitted plans will be distributed at the next development review meeting.  Each department then has one (1) week to review the plans to ensure all comments have been addressed.
  4. In certain situations a 3rd review may be required to addressed any outstanding comments.  The 3rd review is a one (1) week review.
  5. After all reviews are complete, and signed-off by the individual departments, the coordinator will notify the applicant to provide the final plans for stamping and issuance of a permit.  Plans will be distributed to DRC members for final review on Wednesday at the Development Review meeting.  Committee members will have two (2) days to review the final plans and sign-off that requirements are met.  If approvals have been given by all committee members the LDP will then be issued that Friday.

Required Plans

Departments Initial Submittal
2nd Submittal
Final Approval
Plans Review Coordinator
- 1 half-size plans - 1 half-size plans - 1 half-size plan
Hall County Planning & Development
- 2 full size plans
- 1 hydrology report (digital and hard copy)*
- 2 half-size plans
- 1 PDF
- 1 AutoCAD
- 2 full size plans
- 1 hydrology report (digital and hard copy)*
- 2 half-size plans
- 1 PDF
- 1 AutoCAD
- 2 full size plans
- 1 hydrology report (digital and hard copy)*
- 2 half-size plans
- 1 PDF
- 1 AutoCAD
Hall County Environmental Health
- 1 full size plan If sheets were changed - 1 full size plan
Hall County Fire Services
- 1 full size plan
If sheets were changed - 1 full size plan
Hall County Tax Assessors

   
- 1 full size plan (final subdivision plats only)
Hall County Traffic Engineering
- 1 full size plan
If sheets were changed - 1 full size plan
Gainesville Public Utilities
- 1 full size plan If sheets were changed - 1 full size plan
Soil & Water Conservation District**
- 1 full size plan
- 1 hydrology report
If sheets were changed - 1 full size plan
TOTAL - 1 11 X 17 site plan
- 3 half-size plans
- 7 full size plans
- 2 hydrology reports
- 1 digital submittal containing the hydrology report, AutoCAD, and .pdf files of plans
- The total number of resubmitted plans will depend on the number of comments received from the first review.
- 3 half-size plans
- 1 digital submittal containing the hydrology report, AutoCAD, and .pdf files of plans
- 3 half-size plans
- 7 full size plans
- 2 hydrology reports
- 1 digital submittal containing the hydrology report, AutoCAD, and .pdf files
*A hydrology report with water quality spreadsheet will be required if adding over 5,000 sq. ft. of impervious area
**Soil & Water Conservation only needs to review projects within 200 feet of state waters or with over an acre of disturbed area.

Checklists

The following checklists provide detailed instructions on completing your application. If you have any questions call the Plans Review Coordinator or the committee member responsible for the area in which you have a question.

  • Hall County Planning & Development
  • Hall County Traffic Engineering 
  • Hall County Fire Services 
  • Hall County Environmental Health 
  • Gainesville Public Utilities
  • EPD Construction Land Disturbance Fees Form

Cover Sheet

A cover sheet shall be included with each application and include the following information:

  • Project name
  • Tax parcel identification
  • Zoning
  • Vicinity map
  • Existing site conditions.  Provide a description of existing topography, vegetation and drainage areas.  Cut and fill calculations, including the area and volume.
  • Adjacent area information.  Provide a description of the features on the surrounding properties.  This should adequately describe the properties and environments potentially affected by the planned activities including State waters, current land use, residential areas, roads, etc.
  • Proof of recording.  Plats showing the latest recorded documents for the site in question.
  • Construction schedule.  A graphical description of how the construction phases will be timed; including but not limited to:
  • Installation of sediment control measures,
  • Clearing, grubbing and grading operations,
  • Grassing, including temporary as well as permanent vegetation.  All cut and fill slopes must be surface roughened and vegetated within seven (7) days of their construction.
  • Maintenance for all erosion and sediment control measures.
  • Final landscaping, grassing, cleaning out of storm drains, etc.  Maintenance of Erosion and Sediment Controls must be maintained on a daily basis during the entire duration of the construction.
  • Disposal of debris, will or will not be buried on-site.  If so, indicate locations of stumps and debris.  If debris is to be disposed of off-site indicate off-site location.
  • A copy of the Hall County Board of Commissioners zoning letter.

Additional Information

The following information shall be included on each sheet of the application:

  • Graphic scale, engineers scale.
  • Applicant information consisting of name, developer’s phone number including 24-hour contact information of person responsible for the development and erosion control.
  • Civil engineer and surveyor information, name, address, phone number of the engineer and surveyor responsible for the site plans.
  • Indicate north.  The direction of north in relation to the site shown on the plans.  Indicate magnetic, true or grid.
  • Project description.  Description of the nature and purpose of the land disturbing activity including the zoning classification, total size of the project with disturbed area sizes in acres and volume of earth work (include cut and fill calculations).
  • Certification.  The plans shall carry the signed stamp of a registered or certified professional in engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, land surveying or erosion control.
  • State waters, stream buffer, wetlands, Corps of Engineers Permit, Environmental Protection Division (EPD) or Hall County buffer variance, etc.  Include the statement: “This site (does/does not) contain State Waters requiring an undisturbed 50’ or 100” buffer.  This site (does/does not) contain wetlands requiring a 25’ or 50’ undisturbed buffer.”  If a permit or variance is required by the Corps of Engineers and/or the EPD a copy of the approved permit must be attached to the drawings.
  • Flood plain information.  Include the statement: “This property is/is not located within a 100 year flood plain as per FIRM Panel No. ____________________________.
  • Boundary survey including all easements and names of adjacent property owners.
  • All existing structures.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does “Development Review” work?

Plans are submitted to the Planning Department and then routed to all other reviewing departments simultaneously so that comments can be made and compiled in a timely and effective manner.  Once you submit your permit application, the associated civil plans are reviewed by technical experts to ensure compliance with development codes and regulations.

The preliminary review takes two weeks. As each reviewer completes the review, he or she will either approve the plans or return marked-up plans with comments to the Plans Review Coordinator (PRC).  Once the review period is complete, the PRC will return comments to the customer for revisions.

  • How do I know if my project requires Development Review?

The review process is required for commercial projects, multi-family developments, industrial projects, major subdivisions, and institutional projects.   If you are unsure if your project will require a review contact Sarah McQuade, Plans Review Coordinator, at 770.297.5544 or smcquade@hallcounty.org.

  • Do I have to attend the Development Review meeting?

Attendance at the Development Review meeting is not mandatory; however, the meeting can be very informative and help you understand the review process as it relates to a particular development.

  • I submitted for Development Review, but my plans weren’t approved. Now what?

Many projects require resubmittals. Have your plans revised to satisfy the comments from the reviewers and then resubmit to the Plans Review Coordinator who will redistribute them to the Development Review Committee.