Zoning and Development Law

Galloway & Lyndall, LLP represents local governments and property owners/developers on all zoning and development related issues. We have worked on large and small projects, ranging from simple variances to large developments of regional impact (DRI). We have worked on zoning matters that impact only a single tract of real property to those that involve long-term modifications to comprehensive plans affecting an entire county quadrant.

Since 1995, the firm has represented Spalding County, Georgia on zoning issues. In that capacity, the Spalding County zoning ordinance was updated. A new sign ordinance was developed. New architectural criteria and development ordinances were approved. Spalding County adopted a new and progressive comprehensive land use plan and map, incorporating the concepts of “village node” development. The Spalding County comprehensive plan also anticipates future nodal development based on the identification of property suitable for residential and commercial development density, while protecting sensitive land from development. We anticipate that these policies will be solidified as Spalding County implements a process and procedure for the transfer of development rights.

The firm developed and drafted ordinances required for a large senior active living development known as Sun City Peachtree located in northeast Spalding County. We also drafted a transportation corridor overlay district, the Arthur K. Bolton Overlay District, to protect a newly developed transportation thoroughfare connecting the City of Griffin and Interstate 75 from unsightly strip development. Our practice has also involved environmental issues pending before the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Protection Division of the State of Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The firm also previously represented Lamar County and Pike County on similar zoning matters, as well.

The firm also represents developers and private property owners on a broad array of development issues. These issues include rezoning applications, special exception/special use permit applications, variance applications, development plan approvals and permitting and code enforcement issues. Among larger projects, we were involved with annexation and rezoning for the development of Fayette Pavilion in Fayetteville, Georgia. We handled rezoning and site development issues required for development of The Avenues in Peachtree City, Georgia. The firm has represented clients on zoning matters in the following jurisdictions: Fulton County, DeKalb County, Rockdale County, Henry County, Clayton County, Fayette County, Coweta County, Meriwether County, Pike County, Lamar County, Butts County, Monroe County, Bibb County, Upson County, the City of Atlanta, the City of Jonesboro, the City of Riverdale, the City of Morrow, the City of Hampton, the City of McDonough, the City of Fayetteville, the City of Peachtree City, the City of Sharpsburg, the City of Zebulon, the City of Wiliamson, the City of Molena, the City of Thomaston, the City of Barnesville, the City of Jackson, the City of Flovilla and the City of Woodbury.

We feel that we provide our clients with a unique perspective on development issues because we represent private property owners and developers, as well as local governments.