How does the Planning Department provide notice to the public about zoning & development issues?

The Planning Department relies upon a variety of media to issue public notice. For public notices required by local ordinance and state statutes, a legal advertisement is placed in the Athens Banner Herald and a sign is posted on the subject property. Notification letters are mailed to all property owners within 400 feet of a proposed rezone, special use, or planned development, and within 400 feet of some demolitions (if the district commissioner requests a 90 day review of a proposed demolition, notices are mailed). Email notifications are sent out via the Neighborhood Notification Initiative.

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1. How does the Planning Department provide notice to the public about zoning & development issues?
2. What kinds of projects require public notification?
3. If I have received a public notice, how do I find out more information about that specific project?
4. How can I comment on a proposed project?
5. Can I submit a planning application online?
6. Do I need a permit for a fence?
7. Do I need a permit for a storage shed?
8. May I operate a business out of my home?