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Planning Office: Zoning & Land Development

Walker County, as well as all communities in Georgia that have implemented Planning & Zoning are governed by state law as to procedures that are required to be followed. Visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website to see more details about these state requirements.

GEORGIA PLANNING ACT (O.C.G.A. 45-12-200, et seq., and 50-8-1, et seq.)
The Georgia Planning Act is the foundation for community and regional planning in the state. It acknowledges that "Coordinated and comprehensive planning by all levels of government within the State of Georgia is of vital importance to the state and its citizens. The state has an essential public interest in promoting, developing, sustaining, and assisting coordinated and comprehensive planning by all levels of government.

ZONING (O.C.G.A. 36-66-1, et seq.; 36-67-1, et seq.; and, 36-67A-1, et seq.) The bulk of Georgia statutes related to zoning has been compiled into this file. It contains the Zoning Procedures Law which gives local governments the authority to use zoning to manage development activites. It also contains the statutes governing zoning hearings procedures and conflicts of interest in zoning actions.


The Planning & Development Office is the custodian of the official zoning maps, which are kept in paper form and in digital format as well.

Walker County has 10 zoning districts. These include:

A1 - Agricultural
R1 - Residential (single family only)
R2 - Residential (multi-family and single family)
R3 - Residential (multi-family, single family and manufactured home parks)
RA - Residential/Agricultural
C1 - General Commercial
CN - Neighborhood Commercial
I - Industrial
PUD -  Planned Unit Development
CBOD - Chickamauga Battlefield Overlay District

Allowable Uses:   There are uses that are allowed in each zoning district, please view the ordinances or contact the Planning & Development Office if you have any questions.

Walker County's Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Regulations through April 2003 can be viewed online at www.municode.com. PLEASE NOTE: THERE HAVE BEEN MANY AMENDMENTS TO THESE ORDINANCES SINCE 2003, please contact the Planning & Development Office for the most up to date ordinances.

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