Artagus Newell, Zoning Administrator with the Carroll County Department of Community Development, recently spoke to the West Metro Board of Realtors at their November 20th meeting. Newell shared with the realtors that the Community Development office, located in the College Street Annex, is responsible for building permits, building inspectors, business licenses, alcohol permits, subdivision and plat review, code enforcement, and planning and zoning for the county. In addition to the unincorporated area, Community Development issues permits and performs inspections for Mt. Zion, Roopville and Villa Rica, while only performing inspections for the cities of Temple, Bowdon and Whitesburg. The cooperative spirit that exists between the county and its cities is refreshing and certainly helps with community development.
The department currently consists of 14 members including a Director, Planners, an Engineer, Inspectors and Administrative staff. Ben Skipper, a native of Carroll County who was formerly the Director of Community Development with Paulding County and who also worked in the private sector, was chosen to lead the department in May. The county recently adopted a new alcohol ordinance that allows for farm wineries and the issuance of special event alcohol permits for events like weddings or reunions.
Community Development staff have worked on the development of SPLOST projects like the new county Courthouse and on the writing and administration of grants to develop county parks. Recently, the county adopted a Five-Year Short Term Work Program to maintain its status as a qualified local government that was crafted by the department after obtaining feedback from the public and the Board of Commissioners. The department is currently working with University of West Georgia on a
Recreation Assessment to find out what Carroll County residents want in terms of future recreation spending.
To learn more about the county and Community Development, Newell referred the group to the following websites: