Building Inspection

Building Inspections

The Building Inspection Department is responsible for enforcing various county ordinances that regulate and protect public health, safety, and welfare as related to existing buildings and new construction in the unincorporated areas of the county as well as in the cities of Plainville, Ranger, and Resaca. This department serves as the first point of contact for residents and developers seeking assistance with flood plain management, soil and erosion control standards, land disturbing activities, and utility construction. This department issues all construction permits and performs plan reviews to determine code compliance. In addition, this department enforces the following county ordinances: Building Code Ordinance, Wetland Protection Ordinance, Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance, Nuisance Ordinance (unsafe buildings), Manufactured Homes Ordinance, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, and the Sign Ordinance. Also, this department assists the Planning & Development Department with reviewing subdivision development plans. This department generates revenue from building inspection and permit fees, land disturbing permit fees, and plat/development plan review fees.

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Contact Information:
Tom Burgess, Director
Gordon County Wall Street Annex, First Floor
200 South Wall Street
Calhoun, GA 30701
Phone: 706-629-0505
Fax: 706-625-8253

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

 

Latest Press Releases & Public Notices

UPDATE: Water Tank Road is Now Open

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UPDATE: Water Tank Road is Now Open

UPDATED July 27, 2017 Water Tank Road is now open. Original Post: June 5, 2017 Water Tank Road between Old Rome Dalton Road and Dobson Road is closed to thru traffic.

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6/12/2017 Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING JUNE 12, 2017 The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Gordon County Administration Building for the purpose of hearing variance and zoning change requests. Members present were: Randy Rule, Jerry Lovelace, Nathan Serritt, and Eddie Smith Randy Rule called the meeting to order and advised all present of the sign-up sheets available for those who wish to address the Planning Commission on any of the zoning or variance change applications. APPROVAL OF MINUTES A motion was made by Jerry Lovelace to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of May 8, 2017. Nathan Serritt seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written. VARIANCE APPLICATION #V17-05 & REZONING APPLICATION #Z17-09, STANLEY SIMPSON Chairman Rule read variance application #V17-05 and rezoning application #Z17-09, Stanley Simpson for a 1.47 acre tract located at 5200 Fairmount Hwy., Calhoun. Mr. Simpson represented the request explaining that he had rezoned this same tract with the existing structure a few months ago to CH, but he had received more interest in rental for residential property than for rental of office space and/or a used car lot, so now he would like to rezone back to R-4 and use it as a rental duplex. The reason he is asking for the variance is to remain on the existing septic system and not have to connect to the city sewage system because it would be a huge financial burden. He also added that if he had to connect to the city sewage it would have to be run about a half a mile and the cost would be around $50,000 so it was more cost efficient to add another septic system so each unit would have their own septic tank. All adjoining property owners had been notified. Ursula Richardson, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V17-05 be approved as requested and on the rezoning request identified as Application #Z17-09 it is recommended for approval from CH to R-4. On variance request #V17-05, Eddie Smith made the motion to approve as requested. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. All voted aye. The variance was granted. The thirty-(30) day appeal period was explained. On rezoning request #Z17-09, Jerry Lovelace made the motion to approve the rezoning request from CH to R-4. Nathan Serritt seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners. VARIANCE APPLICATION #V17-06, RON HAGGARD Chairman Rule read variance application #V17-06, Ron Haggard requesting a variance on a 1 acre tract located at 173 Newtown Church Road, Calhoun. Mr. Haggard represented the request explaining that he had already built the 800 square foot metal garage because he was told by a friend that he didn’t need a building permit for a metal structure, so now he needs to ask for a 300 foot variance to the required 500 foot maximum for a metal structure. It was also added that he needed a structure large enough to house his camper. All adjoining property owners had been notified. Ursula Richardson, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V17-06 be approved. Eddie Smith...

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5/8/2017 Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING MAY 8, 2017 The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Gordon County Administration Building for the purpose of hearing variance and zoning change requests. Members present were: Butch Layson, Jerry Lovelace, Nathan Serritt, Eddie Smith, and Randy Rule Chairman Rule called the meeting to order and advised all present of the sign-up sheets available for those who wish to address the Planning Commission on any of the zoning or variance change applications. APPROVAL OF MINUTES A motion was made by Jerry Lovelace to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of April 10, 2017. Butch Layson seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written. REZONING APPLICATION #Z17-05, TONEY THOMASON (APPL: BILLY WEAVER) Chairman Rule read rezoning application #Z17-05, Toney Thomason (appl: Billy Weaver) for a 2.08 acre tract located at 2451 Cash Road, Calhoun requesting to rezone from A-1 to RA-1. Mr. Billy Weaver explained that the building site began as a dwelling for Mr. Thomason’s son; however, he decided he didn’t want to build there so they would like to rezone it to sell. Ursula Richardson, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the rezoning request identified as Application #Z17-05 be approved. Nathan Serritt made the motion to approve the rezoning application identified as #Z17-05 from A-1 to RA-1. Eddie Smith seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners. VARIANCE APPLICATION #V17-04, TROY LEE HALL Chairman Rule read variance application #V17-04, Troy Lee Hall, for a 0.59 acre tract located on 131 Walraven Way SE, Calhoun, requesting to increase the size of a metal structure from the maximum 500 feet to 520 feet. Mr. Hall stated that when he bought the house, it only had a one car garage and that he needed additional room to park his other cars and for storage. The reason for the size is he has a large mega ton truck and needs the extra space. All adjoining property owners had been notified. Ursula Richardson, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V17-04 be approved. Jerry Lovelace made the motion to approve the variance application identified as #V17-04. Butch Layson seconded the motion. All voted aye. REZONING APPLICATION #Z17-07, LINDA BENNETT (APPL: ADAM BENNETT) Chairman Rule read rezoning application #Z17-07, Linda Bennett (appl: Adam Bennett), requesting to rezone a 1.54 acre tract located at 552 Miller Ferry Road, Adairsville from A-1 to R-6. Wayne Bennett represented his mother and son explaining that they would like to place another mobile home on the property for his son to help out with his mother who is getting older and needs some attention. Plus they have family in the surrounding properties. All adjoining property owners had been notified. Ursula Richardson, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the rezoning request identified as Application #Z17-07 be approved. Eddie Smith made the motion to approve the rezoning application identified as #Z17-07 from A-1 to R-6. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners. REZONING APPLICATION #Z17-08, GREGORY AND ERIN YOUNG Chairman Rule read rezoning...

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7/10/2017 Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING JULY 10, 2017 The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Gordon County Administration Building for the purpose of hearing variance and zoning change requests. Members present were: Butch Layson, Jerry Lovelace, Nathan Serritt, and Eddie Smith Butch Layson called the meeting to order and advised all present of the sign-up sheets available for those who wish to address the Planning Commission on any of the zoning and/or variance change applications. APPROVAL OF MINUTES A motion was made by Jerry Lovelace to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of June 12, 2017. Nathan Serritt seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written. REZONING APPLICATION #Z17-11, RONALD MCHANN Vice-Chairman Layson read rezoning application #Z17-11, Ronald McHann, requesting to rezone a 1.78 acre tract located at 1448 Riverbend Rd., Plainville from R-1 to R-6. Mr. McHann represented the request explaining that he would like to rezone this property to R-6 and combine the two lots and place a mobile home on the 1.78 acre site. All adjoining property owners had been notified. Ursula Richardson, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the rezoning request identified as Application #Z17-11 be approved. Jerry Lovelace made the motion to approve the rezoning application identified as #Z17-11 from R-1 to R-6. Eddie Smith seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners. ADDITIONAL BUSINESS There being no additional business, Eddie Smith made the motion to adjourn. Nathan Serritt seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting was adjourned at 6:05...

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6/20/2017 BOC Work Session Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORK SESSION MINUTES JUNE 20, 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building. Chairman Hood called the meeting to order. The Board discussed each item on the agenda for the Regular Meeting and made no changes or additions. County Attorney Ledbetter spoke about the USDA Supplemental Watershed Agreement No. 3, this is Sallacoa dam No. 77, this is not the dam at the Sallacoa Park. Mr. Fred Walker is here to explain what they are doing and to reconfirm that this does not obligate the County to spend any money. Gordon County’s obligation is limited to just agreeing that this is the best course of action. Attorney Ledbetter advised the Board that there will be a Special Meeting with the municipalities to discuss the capital improvement projects to be included in the Gordon County 2018 SPLOST referendum. The meeting has been set for July 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Commissioner Owens made a motion to adjourn the Work Session. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and all voted aye. There being no further business, the Work Session adjourned at 5:45...

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6/20/2017 BOC Regular Session Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES JUNE 20, 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building. Chairman Hood called the meeting to order. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Chairman Hood asked if there are any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Work Session June 6, 2017, and the Regular Meeting June 6, 2017. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Sexton, and Owens voted aye. Motion approved. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT Interim County Administrator Ledbetter read the report. COMMISSIONERS’ REPORT Commissioner Owens commented that he attended the Flag Day Ceremony at the Gordon County Senior Center. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to open the public hearing for zoning. Commissioner Owens seconded the motion and all voted aye. PUBLIC HEARING FOR ZONING APPLICATION #Z17-09 STANLEY SIMPSON’S REQUEST TO REZONE FROM C-H TO R-4 County Attorney Ledbetter read rezoning application Z17-09 for Stanley Simpson’s request to rezone from C-H to R-4. This comes to the Board of Commissioners from the Planning Commission with their recommendations for approval. No one signed to speak for or against the rezoning. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve rezoning application #Z17-09. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Owens, and Sexton voted aye. Motion approved. APPLICATION #Z17-10 PAM DUCKWORTH’S REQUEST TO REZONE FROM A-1 TO R-4 County Attorney Ledbetter read rezoning application #Z17-10 for Pam Duckworth’s request to rezone from A-1 to R-4. This comes to the Board of Commissioners from the Planning Commission with their recommendations for denial. Area property owner, Mrs. Elsie Fain, spoke to the Board in opposition to the rezoning with her concerns about the neighborhood being single family homes and she did not want that to change by allowing duplex housing into the neighborhood. Area property owner, Mrs. Cherrie Farmer also spoke in opposition to the rezoning concerning changes to the neighborhood. Commissioner Owens made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and deny the application for rezoning. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Sexton, and Cunningham voted aye. Motion approved. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to close the public hearing for zoning. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and all voted aye. CONSIDERATION OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS None CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017/2018 BUDGET Attorney Ledbetter advised that the Board had been presented with the fiscal year 2017/2018 recommended budget previously and they have had the required hearings; the Board has had an opportunity for review of the budget. The budget comes to the Board with the Finance Director’s recommendation and Commissioner Steward’s recommendation as Chairman of the Finance Committee, also with the recommendation of the interim County Administrator. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to approve the resolution and accept the 2017/2018 budget. Commissioner Owens seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Cunningham, and Sexton voted aye. Motion approved. MALT BEVERAGE, WINE, LIQUOR LICENSE CONSUMPTION ON THE PREMISES APPLICATION FOR CRAZY ACRES BAR & GRILL Attorney Ledbetter advised that the applicant for Crazy Acres Bar & Grill had made a request to have the application tabled until the next meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to...

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7/11/2017 BOC Regular Session Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR SESSION MINUTES JULY 11, 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Administration Building. Chairman Hood called the meeting to order. SPECIAL INTRODUCTION Chairman Hood introduced Ms. Campbell Govignon, Junior Mayor, and asked her to lead the pledge of Allegiance. EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION Commissioner Owens read the list of employees with anniversary hire dates in July. Commissioner Cunningham drew the name of Jonathan Parker as County Employee of the Month for July. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Chairman Hood asked if there are any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Work Session June 20, 2017, the Regular Meeting June 20, 2017, and the Special Meeting July 5, 2017. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Sexton, Owens, and Steward voted aye. Motion approved. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT Administrator’s report was read in the Work Session. COMMISSIONERS’ REPORT Commissioner Owens reported on the Star Spangled Fourth of July Celebration at the Fairgrounds. Commissioner Steward attended the Development Authority Meeting at the Chamber. Commissioner Cunningham reported on the Public Safety Committee meeting. CONSIDERATION OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS BOARD CONSIDERATION OF APPROVAL OF AMENDMENT TO THE UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE FOR DRY LITTER POULTRY OPERATIONS County Administrator/Attorney Ledbetter had explained this item in the Work Session. This is a resolution approving the amendment to and the lifting of the Moratorium on new poultry operations. The principal difference in this amendment and our existing law is that this would require a conditional use permit under the same process as for a rezoning. Commissioner Cunningham commented about his concern regarding the process of having to meet a lot of requirements to get a permit that puts the applicant in a position of having to spend a lot of time and money upfront before he would know the chances of getting his permit. Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve the resolution approving the amendment and lifting the Moratorium for Dry Litter Poultry Operations. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Sexton, and Owens voted aye. Commissioner Cunningham opposed the motion. Motion passed. CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS RE-APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARD OF ASSESSORS FOR FRANK SULLIVAN FOR A SIX-YEAR TERM ENDING 6/30/2023 County Administrator Ledbetter advised that this is for re-appointment of Frank Sullivan to the Board of Assessors for a six-year term ending 6/30/23. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to approve the re-appointment of Frank Sullivan to the Board of Assessors. Commissioner Owens seconded the motion and Commissioners Sexton, Owens, Steward, and Cunningham voted aye. Motion passed. MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH AND GORDON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR STORAGE OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TRAILER Chairman Hood advised that this is a Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Health and Emergency Management for storage of the Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness trailer. Commissioner Owens made a motion to approve the memorandum of understanding with the Board of Health. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Steward, Cunningham, and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHAIRMAN’S SIGNATURE ON THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT WITH THE MUNICIPALITIES FOR THE USE AND DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEEDS FROM THE 2018 SPECIAL PURPOSE...

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7/11/2017 BOC Work Session Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORK SESSION MINUTES JULY 11, 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Administration Building. Chairman Hood called the meeting to order. The Board discussed the items on the Regular Meeting agenda and made no changes or additions. County Administrator/Attorney Ledbetter discussed the resolution amending the Unified Land Development Code and lifting the moratorium on construction of new poultry operations in Gordon County. Attorney Ledbetter pointed out the changes to that section of the ULDC and how they will affect new applications for permits for poultry operations. Chairman Hood advised the Board that she had received notification from the Government Finance Officers Association that Gordon County’s fiscal year ended 2016 comprehensive annual financial report is awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Chairman Hood asked that a presentation to Mr. Al Leonard, Finance Director, be made at the next Work Session Meeting of the Board of Commissioners, congratulating him on this achievement. County Administrator Ledbetter presented the Administrator’s Report. (copy attached to Regular Meeting minutes) Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to adjourn the Work Session and go into the Regular Meeting. Commissioner Owens seconded the motion and all voted aye. There being no further business, the Work Session adjourned at 5:55...

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8/15/2017 BOC Regular Session Agenda

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR SESSION AGENDA August 15, 2017, at Conference Room of the Administration Building There are no agenda items at this time.

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8/15/2017 BOC Work Session Agenda

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORK SESSION AGENDA August 15, 2017, at Conference Room of the Administration Building There are no agenda items at this time.

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