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Planning and Land Use

What is a Character Area?

Cherokee County is made up of a variety of communities, places and environments that each has special or unique characteristics.  The Character Areas in the Community Agenda were developed to identify places that show a common form of development and land use pattern, lifestyle and "feel", intensity of use, design elements or other factors that collectively define the overall character, whether existing or intended in the future.   The Character Area descriptions indicate the primary and secondary types of land uses, the infrastructure necessary for that type of development, and serve as a guide for future development approvals. 

Character Area Descriptions

The following table includes a brief description of each Character Area. To see the complete descriptions, click on the Character Area name.

Character Area Summary Table

Future Development Map Symbol

Character Area

Description of Character &
Primary Land Uses

Community Facilities & Infrastructure

Suggested
Zoning Districts

 

Natural Preserve

Undeveloped natural lands with significant natural features that currently have some form of protection from development..

Very low level of services and community facilities

AG

 

Rural Places

Outlying rural areas with active farming and scattered single-family housing on large lots. Preservation of sensitive natural resources is important.

Low level of services and community facilities. Potentially with public water but sewer is not planned.

AG

 

Country Estates

Area of low intensity land use with a mixture of single-family housing on large lots and farms.

Local-serving roads, potentially with public water, typically lacks sewer

AG, R-80

 

Suburban Growth

Areas located outside identified centers that are experiencing a high volume of residential growth, primarily single-family houses.

Public water available, public sewerage available or planned; local public facilities

R-80, R-60, R-40

 

Suburban Living

Established residential neighborhoods with potential infill and redevelopment opportunities.

Public water available, public sewerage available or planned; local public facilities

R-40, R-30, R-20, R-15, RD-3

 

Neighborhood Living

Urbanized and growth oriented areas, adjacent to identified activity centers with higher densities. Various types of residential dwellings, and mixed-use developments.

Full urban services; regional public facilities.

RD-3, RZL, RA, RTH, TND
Ball Ground & Waleska

 

Bells Ferry LCI

Area targeted for new development and redevelopment integrating residential, commercial and greenspace per the LCI Plan.

Full urban services; regional public facilities.

TND

 

Urban Core

Traditional Downtown with a broad range of uses.

Full urban services; regional public facilities.

Ball Ground & Waleska

 

Workplace Center

Major employment centers utilizing a mixture of manufacturing, warehousing, wholesale, and commercial and office. Retail and high intensity residential are accessory uses to create a live/work and play environment.

Full urban services

OI, NC, GC, LI, TND
Ball Ground

 

Regional Center

Regionally oriented large scale commercial, office, retail, entertainment and recreational, usually with a residential component development.

Full urban services

NC, GC, HC

 

Waste Management

Operating landfill facilities within Cherokee County.

 

LI, HI

Development Nodes and Corridors
(Underlying Character Area also applies within a Development Node or Corridor)

Country Crossroads

Envisioned as a restricted commercial node located at existing commercial crossroads locations within the rural areas. 5,000sf Maximum.

Limited levels of service, Based on existing commercial development

AG, OI, NC

Hamlet

Hamlets are places where small-scaled commercial uses are arranged in a village-like setting. 17,500sf Maximum.

Limited levels of service

OI, NC, GC

Neighborhood Village

Small-scaled commercial designated to serve a single neighborhood with access and size restrictions. May be part of a residential development. 50,000sf Maximum.

Public water is available and sewer may be available. Good transportation access.

OI, NC, GC

Community Village

Medium-scaled commercial designated to serve several neighborhoods. 80,000sf Maximum.

Public water is available and sewer may be available. Good transportation access.

OI, NC, GC

Scenic Corridor

Scenic corridors have low intensity development parallel to a viewshed.

Very low level of services and community facilities

AG

Transitional Corridor

Allows more intensive residential uses and limited compatible nonresidential uses along major roadways. Restrictions allow a smooth transition to surrounding area. Size, appearance and parking standards apply.

Linear transitional areas along major transportation corridors.

AG, OI, NC

Development Corridor

Areas that extend along a major thoroughfare that have or are experiencing major development of retail, office or industrial land use and associated housing. These areas function as town centers.

Full urban services

OI, NC, GC, TND
Ball Ground

Plan Implementation

For information about the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, please visit the Implementation page.

 
 
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