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Economic & Community Development Department:

The Economic and Community Development Department is a multifaceted department that is responsible for economic development activities and many developmental policies, regulations, and procedures for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare.

The Economic Development division is responsible for the recruitment of new industries, manages the local development authorities and incentive process, promotes the county’s 270 acre industrial park, known as Park 53, as well as other industrial sites, responds to state and site selector request for information (RFI), and works closely with the Chamber of Commerce and regional economic development agencies and authorities to promote job creation and capital investment in the county and its municipalities.

The Community Development division provides administration of the county’s Comprehensive Plan, Unified Development Code (UDC), occupational tax licensing, alcohol licensing, and most recent State of Georgia building codes. This division processes and provides code inspection services for development and building permits, business license, alcohol license, erosion & sediment control permits, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, and other UDC regulations. This division also administers the zoning and variance process and provides staff support to the Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, and the Keep Barrow Beautiful Board. This division is also responsible for updating the official zoning map, the county’s Comprehensive Plan 2007-2027, and the state required short term work program, as well as, provides technical assistance to citizens, developers, builders, and other county departments.

The Geographic Information System (GIS) division provides a support function to all county departments and the general public by creating, updating, and maintaining an efficient geographic information system. This division also assigns and maintains the structure street address system and approves all street and subdivision names for the entire county and all municipalities.

Historic Courthouse
30 N. Broad Street
Winder, Georgia 30680

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday

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Michael Renshaw
Barrow County Economic & Community Development
o:770.867.0662 | m: 678.459.8026

Rebecca Whiddon
Planning Manager
770-307-3000 ext. 4193

Linda Birt
License & Permits Coordinator
770-307-3000 ext. 3025

Jarrett Perry
Development Inspector
770-307-3000 ext. 3806

Dan Schultz
GIS Manager
770-307-3000 ext. 4993

Department Stats:
Full-Time Employees: 5
FY 2018 Budget: $836,726