DEMOLITION REVIEW NOTIFICATIONS
The Athens-Clarke County Planning Department will now be sending out messages via the Neighborhood Notification Initiative (NNI) for Demolition Reviews.
When the property owner, or someone acting on their behalf, submits a permit for demolition to the Planning Department, there are two paths that the review can take.
If the structure is less than 50 years old, the demolition review can be processed in our office administratively.
If it is more than 50 years old, or within the National Register of Historic Places, and has not been deemed a hazard, Planning Staff writes a memorandum to the Mayor & Commission. At this time, the Commissioner that represents the property has 25 days to review the application and respond. If the Commissioner has any concerns about the demolition, they do have the option to extend the review period for 90 days to discuss potential actions, like creating a moratorium or creating a historic designation. The Mayor & Commission will discuss these options during scheduled work sessions that are held on the second Tuesday of every month.
When the 90-day extension is requested by a commissioner and it falls within one of the NNI districts that you have subscribed to, you will receive a message with information about the proposed demolition. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our department. If you have any concerns about a demolition notification you have received, please reach out to your district’s Commissioner.