A Case Study of the Establishment and Revision of Watershed Regulations for Douglas County, Georgia
The Planning and Zoning Department for Douglas County, Georgia, at the request of its Board of Commissioners, has been working on a complete reorganization of all development regulations, including the creation of new regulations and procedures. This reorganization, entitled The Unified Development Ordinance, covers all facets of development from zoning to site plan review to landscaping requirements, etc., and provides "one stop shopping" with regard to principles and procedures. During this re-write project, the Board of Commissioners made a request that a Watershed Task Force of citizens be assembled to assist staff with principles and procedures specifically in the County's water supply watershed basins. This Task Force has addressed issues relating to zoning, dimensional criteria, alternative options for development and enforcement.