Land Use

GACC provides a set of guidelines for petitioners and other interested parties who are planning a presentation to the GACC Board of Directors. The primary purpose of these guidelines is to facilitate an efficient exchange of ideas and concerns by making you aware, before we meet, of the kinds of information we need in order to develop an informed position on a proposal. A full presentation and discussion in the first instance may serve to avoid the potential for subsequent meetings and attendant delays.


The Board consists of nine members. Please plan to bring at least 11 copies of any document that you wish to use during the meeting. The 10th and 11th copies are for records of the board and for the audience for public review. These copies will not be returned.

If a petition involves a particularly large or potentially contentious matter, the Board will, when possible, appoint an ad hoc committee to meet with the petitioner prior to presentation of the petition at the Board’s public meeting, to gather information, share concerns and work to facilitate the overall process.

Each petitioner will have SEVEN MINUTES to state his or her case. The Board will then ask questions and determine if enough information is available for a vote. When the Board is satisfied, the audience will be invited to comment and question the petitioner. The Board reserves the right to limit time for presentation, remonstration and audience comment.

The Board will vote on all petitions at the end of the meeting in the order in which they were heard. The results will then be forwarded to the appropriate agency for review. After hearing your petition, GACC has three options: Approve, Oppose, or No Opinion. GACC will generally give “approval” to a petition only when the best interest of the public will result. GACC will generally “oppose” a petition that does not serve the best interest of the public or when the petitioner cannot prove that an undue hardship would result from the current ordinances or regulations. GACC may offer “no opinion” to a petition when the result would offer little or no change to a neighborhood.