The Planning & Zoning 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.
View the status of Pending Rezoning, Annexation, Variance, and Land Use Applications under the Pending Zoning Applications section under Planning & Zoning in the Document Center.
2022 Comprehensive Plan Update
Every five years, local governments in the State of Georgia are tasked with updating their Comprehensive Plan. A comprehensive plan is a document that helps guide future growth. The last time this document was updated for the City of Kennesaw was in 2017. Through our partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the Department of Community Development Planning and Zoning is in the planning process phase of building the framework for the 2022 Comprehensive Plan update.
The City of Kennesaw and ARC have assembled an online tool that we have used to track community input and the progress of the project. Please visit the Kennesaw Comprehensive Plan page to find out more about the project, view the timeline for a Summer 2022 adoption and download pertinent documents.
Your voice matters! The community’s input is critical to a meaningful Comprehensive Plan. The online public input and online survey page was open from November 2021 to March 11, 2022. Please note that public input and online survey is now closed.
A rough draft of the Comprehensive Plan document is now going through review and finalization. The final document will be adopted on June 30, 2022. Thank you for all of your input. We have listened and will be weaving your ideas, thoughts and concerns into our brand new Comprehensive Plan.
Forms & Maps
Construction & Permitting forms can be found in the Construction Applications, Forms & Permits and Zoning sections of the Document Center. Zoning Applications can be found in the Planning & Zoning Section of the Document Center.
Zoning maps can be found in the Document Center under the Maps & Boundaries tab.
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 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.