Development Review Committee

The Development Review Committee (DRC) reviews plans for compliance with Development Codes & Regulations.  This includes plans for prospective development whether residential, commercial or industrial construction.

The DRC is composed of a representative from each of the following departments / divisions:
  • Augusta Engineering (both engineering design and E&S review)
  • Augusta Utilities (water and sewer)
  • Augusta Traffic Engineering
  • Richmond County Health Department
  • Augusta Fire Department
  • Planning & Development (both planning components and Trees and Landscape review)
  • Augusta IT-GIS (Road Naming and Addressing)
  • License & Inspections (building permits)
When appropriate, additional representatives from groups such as Economic Development may attend.

DRC "Happy Hour" Requests

DRC-Happy Hour is a free service offered by Augusta, GA beginning in January 2016. This service allows a forum for citizens to discuss their drafted plans for prospective development (residential, commercial and industrial) with a team assembled from all of the Government's development-related departments / divisions. This avoids the inconvenience of having to visit each division separately to obtain answers to important questions or needed guidance before the plan is engineered.

DRC meetings are intended for projects which have a draft, concept, or sketch plan of the site layout prepared.

Once submitted, Planning & Development will review the information to ensure it is complete and meets the requirements outlined in the DRC “Happy Hour” Requestor Form. Requests that are complete and received before 5 p.m. on the third or fourth Monday of the month (depending on the month) will be scheduled for a 30-minute time slot on the fourth Wednesday afternoon of that same week (generally, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00p.m.). Each 30-minute time slot will cover a single development request. Incomplete requests will not be scheduled until all required information has been provided.

DRC-Happy Hour Resources

Consultation Requests / Due-Diligence Meetings

Fundamentally different from the DRC “Happy Hour”, a tailored consultation can be arranged to discuss prospective projects that are in the preliminary stages of fact-finding and for which no draft, concept or sketch plan currently exists. This service is ideal for new or prospective property owners to conduct focused discussions on a particular aspect of a property, or a property’s proposed development, or to discuss processes with the Planning & Development Department and applicable representatives from other development-related departments / divisions. While customers are welcome to walk in during our normal business hours (8:30 – 5:00, M-F) with questions, this is a pre-arranged time slot dedicated to the developer’s or the developer’s engineer’s specific questions aimed at development-related staff members during a pre-scheduled half-hour discussion.

If you have further questions, please contact us by:
  • calling 706-821-1796 or 
  • email the Development Services Administrator:
    • Terri L Turner
We welcome the opportunity to assist you with your project.