The Planning Department is responsible for all land use and zoning issues within the Columbus Consolidated Government. This is accomplished under the city's Unified Development Ordinance(UDO). The UDO is the main instrument used by the department to regulate development in the county. The department receives, processes, reviews and makes recommendations on applications to rezone property in the county.
The Planning Department receives, processes, reviews and makes recommendations on applications to rezone property in Muscogee County (Columbus, Georgia). ZONING WEBPAGE »
Subdivision regulations are needed to protect communities and ensure building lots provide a wholesome living environment for future residents. These regulations ensure adequate lot size, public access, and the availability of public services to each lot created.
Article IX of The Constitution of the State of Georgia, 1976, grants authority to the governing body of each county and municipality to regulate subdivisions and land development.
The Columbus Minimum Subdivision Regulations as set by the Unified Development Ordinance (Chapter 10 - Article 6) establish legal minimum standards for subdivision development. It is the job of the Planning Department to ensure that proposed subdivisions conform to these adopted standards.
Subdivision regulations set standards for streets, drainage ways, sewage disposal, water systems, and other aspects of public welfare.
Subdivision regulations are needed to protect communities and ensure building lots provide a wholesome living environment for future residents. These regulations ensure adequate lot size, public access, and the availability of public services to each lot created. They also help to conserve natural, scenic, historic and recreational areas.
Subdivision regulations eliminate the need for excessive public expenditures by making the developer responsible for the installation of basic public facilities before the recording and sale of lots.
According to Georgia State Law, any time a property owner converts a tract of land into a subdivision – whether dividing it into two or 200 lots – a subdivision plat must be recorded. Recording of a subdivision plat is necessary before property transfers can begin in the subdivision.
Applications and Forms
|Applications and Forms|
|Zoning Variance Application|
|Rezoning/Text Amendment Application|
|Zoning Verification Letter Application|
|Special Exception Use Application|
|Subdivision Plat Application and Checklist|
|Planned Units Developments||$1,700.00|
|Development of Regional Impact||$300.00|
|Special Exception Use||$1,000.00|
|Zoning Verification Letter||$55.00|
Subdivision Plat Fees
plus $10.00 per lot
plus $8.00 per lot
|Final Plat (from Preliminary Plat)||$100.00
plus $5.00 per lot
Wireless Telecommunication Facilities
Wireless communications facilities shall comply with the standards listed under the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).Check asummary of the requirements.
For a complete listing of all existing cell towers, please check theCell Tower Map.
Geographic Information Systems(GIS) division has a site that features interactive maps. The website has high-resolution color aerial photography and contains all new streets and subdivisions. People can search by address, owner name or parcel identification number using theTax Commissioner's and Assessors Property Database.