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Community Development

Environmental Resources

Land Disturbance
Any activity which involves the moving of large quantities of dirt (within an area of 5,000 s.f. or more) on a site not being developed for a single-family residential building will require a land disturbance permit. There are instances when a Land Disturbance Permit may be required for the building of a home. To determine whether or not an LDP is required for the activity you are planning, please contact the Community Development Office at 770-467-4254.

Buffers are a protective tree lining along state waters, valuable in conserving land and water resources; therefore buffers should be protected. The buffer variance process will apply to all projects legally eligible for variances and to all state waters having vegetation wrested from the channel by normal stream flow, provided that adequate erosion control measures are incorporated in the project plans and specifications are implemented. The following are helpful links if contemplating construction within a buffer zone.

The Green Book
The forward of the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia 2016 Edition, also known as “The Green Book” states: “Perhaps the most harmful damage to Georgia’s land and water resources is incurred through unchecked and uncorrected erosion and sediment deposition. Years of work have done much to remedy the situation. There has also been created an awareness that efforts must continue to further reduce the volume of sediment pollution in all the state’s waters. While ongoing work in soil and water conservation has been of considerable success, it was recognized that some state regulations of land-disturbing activities could add a needed dimension to the overall control effort. The General Assembly responded to this need, and in 1975, the Erosion and Sedimentation Act (O.C.G.A. § 12-7-1 et seq.) was passed. The Act has been amended several times since then. The Act requires counties and municipalities to have erosion and sediment control ordinances or be covered under state regulations. While the Soil and Water conservation Districts provide assistance in this at the local level, the State Soil and Water Conservation Commission provides expert, step-by-step guidance for activities under such ordinances through a comprehensive publication of reference information. Thus the “Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia” can serve as a technical guide in formulating plans for land-disturbing activities.”

Manual for Erosion Control in Georgia 2016 Edition

Notice of Intent (NOI) / Notice of Termination (NOT):

A Notice of Intent (NOI) is the permit to be completed and submitted to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division as well as a copy given to the Local Issuing Authority when distributing an area of 1 acre or more. To access these forms please click the links below:

Click Here to link to “Georgia EPD Online System (GEOS) for Permitting and Compliance Information”

GEOS – Public

Georgia Stormwater Management MANUAL

Storm Water Management Plan for EPD General Permit No. GAG610000

Site Review Tool (Note you must have Excel to download this form)
TMDL Watershed Study – Existing Land Use Map

Illicit Discharge:

Illicit Discharge Info
Storm Water, Sewer, & Septic Basics
Basics of Illicit Discharge
Illicit Discharge Detection & Tracking Guide

Useful Links:

New Green Infrastructure
Pet Waste Disposal
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Clean Water Campaign
Georgia Native Plant Society
Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission
Engage in Learning
Pick Up After Your Pet
Georgia Department of Agriculture – Pesticides
Water Conservation at Home 
Three Rivers Regional Commission
H2O Hero
Soil & Water Conservation Society
Spalding County, GA