The following are the zoning districts maintained by Columbia County. These fact sheets are intended to provide general information only and may not provide a complete list of allowed uses. Uses listed as limited must comply with additional standards found in Section 90-147 of the County Code.
Commercial Zoning Districts
Multi-Family Zoning Districts
Residential Zoning Districts
RCO: Residential Cluster Overlay (if applicable)
Other Zoning Districts
In addition to the base zoning districts, we employ a number of overlay districts to provide additional protection to high visibility areas of the County and require increased design standards. The requirements of these districts are applied in addition to the requirements of the underlying zone. The additional standards apply to any non-residentially zoned property within the overlay district.
Evans Town Center Overlay District- established to encourage the creation of a town center with a unique identity that promotes linkages between public, medical, retail, and service uses to increase pedestrian activity, provide opportunities for diversifying land uses, and improve vehicular access to the district. The district is tied together by urban design features, such as lighting, coordinated signage, and landscaping, as well as by architectural compatibility requirements. For the complete design requirements in this district, see section 90-96 of the zoning ordinance.
Node Protection Overlay Districts (NPODs)- established at major intersections where additional growth is expected and desired. The purpose of an NPOD is to encourage a unique identity with compatible uses and architecture reflecting regional styles. The design of these areas should be pedestrian scaled and promote pedestrian and bicycle accessibility. Like the ETCOD, these districts are tied together by urban design features. In addition, nodes are designed to concentrate commercial activity in desirable areas, making the best use of existing infrastructure and preventing sprawl. To see the complete requirements for the existing NPODs see section 90-100 of the zoning ordinance.
Corridor Protection Overlay Districts (CPODs)- established along major arterial roads to protect these primary transportation corridors through standards for screening, landscaping, and aesthetics. These requirements are intended to create a unique character but also provide increased public safety by reducing distracting visual clutter for motorists. Like the other districts, these areas are tied together by shared urban design features. The complete requirements for the existing CPODs can be found in Section 90-99 of the zoning ordinance.
The complete zoning ordinance can be found in Chapter 90 of the Columbia County Code.
Zoning Verification Letter
A zoning verification letter is a formal document from the County that generally specifies the zoning on the property in question and verifies whether a proposed use is permitted in that zoning district. They are required for some state and federal licenses and sometimes for refinancing or purchase of a property.
A zoning verification letter can be requested by completed the following tasks: