The major responsibilities of the Department of Community Development are the regulation, review, and inspection of land development and building construction. Our daily responsibilities include the following:
Information on the Community Development Board of Appeals, including duties and meeting minutes.
Documents and Applications for Building Permits
The Carroll County Comprehensive Plan (2008-2028) is a living document that serves to guide the county’s future growth. The plan was officially adopted by the Carroll County Board of Commissioners in September 2008.
This page will contain additional resources pertaining to Community Development.
Who do I need to speak with concerning ...? Click here for a staff directory for the Department of Community Development.
View all Ordinances and Applications
Information on the Planning and Zoning Commission including duties and meeting minutes.
Click here to view other county plans relevant to the community, including the Passive Recreation Master Plan and Moore’s Bridge Master Plan.
Please find information on how to submit a complaint (Zoning, Erosion Control, Care of Premises, etc) via telephone or email for a property in Carroll County. Cities have their own zoning and development controls, so if the property is inside a municipality, you will need to contact City Hall.
Congratulations to two Carroll County employees on their recent promotions in the Department of Community Development. Larry Ratcliff, a long-time employee of the county, who was formerly the head building official and most recently a safety inspector has been named as the Chief Codes Officer. Randy Foster, an 8-year inspector with the building department has been named Chief Building Inspector. Both positions will report to Director Ben Skipper. The county is pleased to promote these employees and expects them to continue to grow and advance in their new roles.
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:
Short Term Work Program 2013
Carroll County received a Community Development Block Grant to fund infrastructure improvements for a community at Lake Buckhorn. The value of the grant is $326,236. The county’s cash match for the project is $10,000, and the county and Carroll County Water Authority (CCWA) will be providing some in-kind services. The grant will provide for an expansion of CCWA water lines into the area to service a community of low-to-moderate income residents currently on a well. It will also provide for much needed road improvements and better erosion control for the development. The project work is set to begin next year.
In December 1999, EPA finalized the “Phase II” regulations, which require controls on storm water discharges from municipalities, industries, and construction sites. Specifically, construction sites disturbing equal to or greater than one acre to control pollutants in stormwater runoff. Construction activity disturbing less than one acre requires a permit if it is part of a larger common plan of development or is individually designated for permit coverage by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting authority.
County Tertiary Common Developments
Tertiary ESPC Checklist
Tertiary Notice of Intent
The draft is available here: Alcohol Ordinance - Farm Wineries.
A meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers of the Carroll County Administration Building, 423 College Street, Carrollton, at 5:30PM on Thursday, June 20th to review the county’s Short Term Work Program update. The public is invited to attend and offer comments.
A Carroll County native, Ben Skipper grew up in the Whitesburg area and attended Central High School. He later went on to get a Bachelor’s in Geography from the University of West Georgia, completing his college internship with Carroll County. After graduation, Skipper worked for a number of years in Paulding County, serving as the Director of Community Development. He later worked for the City of Adairsville in a joint capacity as the Director of Community Development and Public Works. Ben and his wife Lani currently reside in Villa Rica with their 7-year old son. Carroll County is happy to welcome Mr. Skipper to the team!
After many years dedicated to public service at the Sheriff’s Department and later as the Director of the Department of Community Development, Lee Gorman will be retiring from Carroll County government on March 1. Lee plans to travel, perfect his wood turning skills and watch minor league baseball games with his wife, Kay. We would like to congratulate him on a successful career and wish him a very happy, well-deserved retirement. He will be missed!
Community Development staff recently prepared and submitted a grant request to develop Moore’s Bridge Park near Whitesburg. This request was pre-approved for funding in June 2010.
The Department of Community Development is currently working on a re-write of the Zoning Regulations.