Madison County commissioners relaxed guidelines on building plans May 3.
Commissioners said the move is intended to help eliminate hurdles for those seeking to start businesses in Madison County.
“The changes in the ordinance will make it easier to bring business into Madison County,” said commissioner Stanley Thomas.
On Monday, a portion of the zoning ordinance requiring an “engineer stamped site plan,” was deleted and replaced by a requirement that “an approved site plan by the planning and zoning department will be required for all commercial and public assembly building permits.”
The ordinance also now states that a set of drawings stamped by an engineer or architect is now only required when specified by state law.
“In all other cases, engineer or architect plans are not required (e.g. commercial and business buildings 5,000 square fee or less…” the amended ordinance reads.
The BOC also deleted a portion of the ordinance regarding “construction progress.”
The new guidelines stipulate that “any building permit will become invalid unless the work authorized by the permit is commenced within six months of the date of issue or if the work authorized by the permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of one year.” However, “non-structural interior build-out may be suspended for an indefinite period.”
Who said the County was trying to make a great leap forward? Looks like the same ol same to me. This move could be the first leap made to make things easier for business to locate here. Give it a chance. Less government = better government.
Sounds like Madison County is merely getting in line with other counties by no longer requiring something over and beyond what the state requires. I prepare construction drawings for building permits for interior construction in most of the metro Atlanta area counties and I am not an architect nor an engineer; I am a commercial space planner. When the space is more than 5,000 square feet I get my drawings certified by an architect. Otherwise, the drawings go through without such, but are reviewed for compliance with building codes by the county. This ensures a safe buildout for the public. I don't think builders would do the right things if they weren't made to do so by government. Less government in construction would be real scary. This change in rules removes unnecessary obstacles to businesses trying to make a go of it here. It's a small move forward as long as the building department and planning and zoning staff are properly knowledgeable in reviewing plans. That may or may not be the case in Madison County.