Planning & Zoning Department

The Planning and Zoning Department implements the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Ordinance. The Comprehensive Plan sets the vision, mission, policies, and goals for the city. It is the guide that current and future administrations will use for the future development and growth of Stonecrest. The Comprehensive Plan can be viewed here.

The City of Stonecrest is currently in the process of updating its Zoning Ordinance, and will be conducting a series of meetings to allow public view and input on the draft code. These meetings include formal public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council, along with informal meetings, Zoning Summits, to hear from staff on the latest proposed amendments and offer feedback. The City Calendar includes information on how you can participate in these meetings.

Planning & Zoning functions are:

  • Answering inquiries regarding zoning, special uses, buffers and development plans.
  • Review plans for compliance with Zoning, the Zoning Ordinance, and subdivision regulations
  • Review and administer zoning and land development variance applications
  • Prepare zoning certifications and correspondences
  • Review applications for special event permits

There are two boards supported by the Planning & Zoning division:

  • Planning Commission
    The Planning Commission makes recommendations to Mayor and Council regarding land use requests such as rezonings, special land use permits, and comprehensive plan amendments. The Planning Commission meeting schedule can be found on the City Calendar page, and agendas and agenda packets can be found on the City Meetings page.

  • Zoning Board of Appeals
    The Zoning Board of Appeals hears and makes decisions regarding variance requests and appeals. Their schedule can also be found on the City Calendar page, and agendas and agenda packets can be found on the City Meetings page.

  • Special Event Permits

    The Planning and Zoning Department reviews all applications for special outdoor events in coordination with DeKalb County Police, Fire, Health Services and Sanitation Departments. This review and coordination requires approximately a month from the time of application submittal, so if you planning a large outdoor holiday event, please submit your applications at least 30 to 45 days prior to the event to help ensure the safety of all participants and to avoid any citations from Stonecrest and County officials.

    Land Use Applications

    The Planning & Zoning Department reviews and approves site plans such as new development, redevelopment, and final plat to ensure they comply with all federal, state and local regulations. Land Use applications and payment of associated fees can be made through the city's online Planning & Zoning portal. A link to this portal can be found on the right-hand column of this page, along with a link to a help guide. PDF versions of some frequently used applications are below.

    Building permits and Land Disturbance Permits (LDP) are issued by the Building Department. Planning & Zoning does review these permits for compliance with the city's Zoning Ordinance, but does not administer them. For questions about building permits or LDPs please contact the Building Department

    For a complete list of applications and permits, please visit the Building Permitting page for forms.