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    Development & Environmental Reviews

    Planning and Government Services connects community members with the resources they need to complete their projects.


    Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs) are large-scale developments likely to result in regional effects beyond the jurisdiction(s) in which they occur. Any project that meets or exceeds DRI thresholds must be reviewed prior to local government action. 

    In order to improve communication between affected governments and provide a means of revealing and assessing the potential impacts of these developments, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) established DRI review procedures, to be conducted by the Regional Commissions. Refer to the following links for local government responsibilities and other DRI-related resources:

    Click here to view DCA’s DRI Site (includes required DRI Forms 1 & 2)

    Click here to view DRI Rules (DRI thresholds identified in Chapter 110-12-3-.05)

    Click here to view DRI Tier Map

    Section 106

    Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires an “environmental review” of proposed projects that involve federal funding or require a permit or license by a federal agency. It also requires that federal agencies take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties and provide the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) with a reasonable opportunity to comment. In addition, federal agencies are required to consult on the Section 106 process with State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO). PGS staff are available to assist in the preparation of Section 106 reviews, documentation, and mitigation, upon request. 

    HPD Reviews

    The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts environmental reviews for all projects subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. These reviews are required when a proposed project uses federal funds and/or requires some federal permits that may affect historic resources. The NEGRC receives copies of all the reviews conducted in the Northeast Georgia region. These correspondence are available from the NEGRC, upon request.

    PGS staff can assist with the preparation of Historic Preservation reviews, upon request. This includes reviews provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and other state or federal agencies.

    Cell Towers

    The PGS Division conducts a review and provides comments on cell tower construction and improvements across the region. PGS staff can also assist with mitigation related to cell towers.