Town of Talking Rock Anexation & Zoning

AN ORDINANCE BY THE
TOWN OF TALKING ROCK, GEORGIA

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE TOWN CODE OF THE TOWN OF TALKING ROCK, GEORGIA, TO ADDRESS CERTAIN ZONING MATTERS.
WHEREAS, the duly elected governing authority of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is empowered to adopt clearly reasonable ordinances, resolutions, or regulations relating to its property, affairs, and local government pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 36-35-3, and is authorized by Section 1.12(b)(23) of its Charter to adopt ordinances providing comprehensive town planning for development by zoning; and
WHEREAS, the duly elected governing authority of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is the Mayor and Council thereof;
NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF THE TOWN OF TALKING ROCK:

Section 1
That Section 4-1-6 is amended to add the following:
“Animals, pets and personal use means the following:
(1) Pet means dogs, cats, rabbits, or small birds not owned for any commercial use;
(2) Personal use animal means any other animal, of which any owner of property of at least 2 acres may have up to two such animals per acre on his/her property without requiring a permit; a permit is required for any other personal use animal. Such permit may be denied or predicated upon such conditions as the Town Council deems appropriate.”

Section 2
That Subparagraph (1) of Section 4-3-1 of the Code of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is hereby amended to state as follows:
“(1) R-A Residential Agriculture. The purpose of this district is to accommodate purely low density single-family residential development with minimum lot sizes of 2 acres, such areas being protected from the deprecating effects of small lot development, but permitting accompanying appropriate agricultural uses. There shall be an undisturbed buffer of 10 feet, in which no animals may be kept, from the property line of each parcel of property in this district.”
Section 3

That Subparagraph (a) of Section 4-3-3 of the Code of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is hereby amended to state as follows:
“(a) The boundaries of each district are shown on a map entitled Comprehensive Zoning Map of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia, dated August 20, 2018 and certified by the Mayor. The map, and all explanatory matter thereon, is hereby made a part of this chapter.”

Section 4
That Section 4-3-4 of the Code of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is hereby amended to state as follows:
“Structures located within the historic district of the Town, demarcated on the Comprehensive Zoning Map of the Town as Districts H-C and H-R, are subject to the requirements of Chapter 3 of this Code.”

Section 5
That Section 4-3-5 of the Code of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is hereby amended to state as follows:
“The boundaries of the Talking Rock Historic District are demarcated on the Comprehensive Zoning Map of the Town as Districts H-C and H-R.”

Section 6
That Section 4-4-1 of the Code of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is hereby amended to add Table 4-4-1-A, the Permitted Uses Table, at the conclusion of this Section.

Section 7
It is declared to be the intention of the City Council that the sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases of this amendment are severable; and if any phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph or section hereof shall be declared unconstitutional by the valid judgment or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction, such unconstitutionality shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs and sections of this amendment.

All other provisions of the Code of Ordinances in conflict with this amendment are hereby repealed.
The adoption date of this ordinance is the date set forth below, and the effective date of this ordinance shall be its date of adoption.
ORDAINED this _____ day of ____________________, 20___, the public health, safety and general welfare demanding it.




Heritage Days Festival is held on the third full weekend in October and is the highlight of the year in Talking Rock. Vendors from around the state join with shop owners for a 2-day festival, that includes food, fun and music.
Admission and parking are free!