Planning & Zoning Commission

The Planning and Zoning Commission is a five-member board comprised of volunteers appointed by Suwanee City Council.  Its duties include hearing and making recommendations to City Council on rezoning and special use permit requests and reviewing amendments to the Zoning Ordinance; the commission also decides on proposed waivers to the City's development regulations and architectural standards. The board also may undertake special studies and reviews as directed by City Council. 

Rezonings and Special Use Permits

Zoning districts are implemented to regulate allowed land uses throughout the City.  A rezoning is a request to change from one district to another in order to allow for a particular uses or uses. 

A special use permit is an authorization for a particular use listed as a special use in a specific district. Certain uses that are appropriate in one location may not be appropriate at another location and require special review.

City Council makes the final decision on rezonings and special use permits.  The rezoning and special use permit process takes about 6-8 weeks from application submittal to City Council decision.  State law requires certain notification procedures for such matters. The City advertises public hearings by posting a sign on the subject property, placing an advertisement in the Gwinnett Daily Post, and sending letters to owners of property abutting the parcel proposed to be rezoned or granted a special use permit.

The Planning Commission and planning and inspections department each make a recommendation to City Council. Mayor and Council are responsible for making final rezoning and special use permit decisions.

Meeting Schedule

The Planning and Zoning Commission typically meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue.  2014 Planning & Zoning Commission Schedule.

Planning and Zoning Commission Members

Pete Charpentier
Anthony Manners
Larry Pettiford
Sharu Rajgiri
Elizabeth Sawicki

For more information about the Planning and Zoning Commission or to make a rezoning or special use permit request, see the links below or contact the planning and inspections department at 770/945-8996.