Contact Zoning & Planning

Darryl Simmons
2529 J O Stephenson Ave
Kennesaw, GA 30144


The Livable Centers Initiative endeavors to guide planners in the development of pedestrian friendly downtown districts. Funding for the initiative is provided by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).

Zoning & Planning

ZoningThe Zoning and Planning Department analyzes and enforces land use-related issues in the city, including accepting citizen requests, providing land use data, and processing applications.  The Department is the advisory and enforcement component of the city’s adopted Comprehensive Plan.

The zoning ordinance and all adopted supplements support the goal of maintaining standards appropriate to advancing architectural, environmental and general quality of life development within the City of Kennesaw.

The Department also provides staff assistance to the Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission. Visit the Boards and Commissions page for details.

On November 13, 2012, the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute facilitated an Active Living Workshop in Kennesaw, Georgia, observing the walkability, livability and aging-in-place elements along Cherokee Street.

View the AARP Active Living Workshop report.

Proposed form based code documents are available for viewing:

Kennesaw Design Based Code
Cherokee Proposed Transect Zones

Forms & Maps

Construction & Permitting forms and Zoning Maps can be found in the Applications, Forms & Permits and Zoning sections of the Document Center.

Frequently Asked Questions


How does one apply for annexation, rezoning, land uses or variance?

First, an applicant will schedule a pre-application meeting with the Zoning Administrator.  Once completed conference the applicant will file the appropriate application form with the Community Development Department. Application submittal requires two public hearings; one with the Planning Commission and the final hearing before the Mayor and Council.  You may contact the Planning and Zoning Division for the schedule of meeting dates and submittal deadlines or visit the official City of Kennesaw website for the required application forms and submittal procedures.

How long is a variance good for?

Variances are good in perpetuity.  Also variances are applied to the property and are not lost or moved if the person who received the variance moves.

What is the zoning classification for my property?

To determine your current zoning classification you can locate it on the City’s Zoning Map or call the Planning and Zoning Department for clarification or you may request a zoning verification letter.

Kennesaw Commentaries

“When I was growing up in Kennesaw, we had everything but money. We played until dark, no one locked their doors and the entire town was like a family. Events were sponsored by the churches and all were welcome no matter what your religion was.”

— Joe Bozeman, Founding Families member