The Georgia Association of Zoning Administrators was founded in 1985. Its membership currently consists of more than 200 individuals who are engaged in Zoning Administration, Code Enforcement, Planning, and related professions within the state of Georgia. The organization was formed as a mechanism by which these individuals can come together to promote the zoning profession and seek professional improvement through education, training and networking.
GAZA is governed by a set of bylaws and elected Officers and Board of Directors who each serve 4-year terms. The organization conducts 2-day conferences twice per year at various locations around the state. The stated purposes of GAZA are contained in its bylaws and are summarized as follows:
1. Improve professionalism of Zoning Administrators and Zoning Code Enforcement officers by promoting high standards of efficiency in the administration of zoning ordinances through continuous education and training. This includes the development of instructional courses and conferences either singularly or in cooperation with recognized educational institutions to reach this end.
2. Create a better public understanding and appreciation of zoning administration, and its importance to the health, safety, welfare, and prosperity of Georgia\’s municipalities and counties. This includes meeting with government officials and organized groups that are concerned with zoning issues in order to discuss mutual problems and exchange ideas.
3. GAZA itself shall not attempt to formulate any land plan or zoning ordinance for adoption by any municipality, county or state. However, this restriction shall not prohibit the recommendation of revisions to any state law or proposed legislation so long as the recommendation(s) is/are approved by the membership in a regular constituted meeting.
The purpose of GAZA is to assist the public and its membership improve the quality of life through a better understanding and appreciation of the role of zoning administrators. This is accomplished by:
- Promoting safety to life, health, and property through the education and training of individuals involved in the administration, enforcement, and development of zoning ordinances.
- Creating a better public understanding and appreciation of the proper administration of zoning ordinances and their importance to the health, safety, welfare, and prosperity of municipalities.
- Improving the professionalism of zoning administrators and zoning code enforcement officers by the promotion of high standards of efficiency in the administration of zoning ordinances through continuous education and training.
- Meeting with other government officials and organized groups concerned with zoning ordinances to exchange ideas and discuss mutual problems.
- Developing courses of instruction singularly or in cooperation with recognized educational institutions and other professional organizations to promote proper interpretations, enforcement, and administration of zoning ordinances.
Promote the practice and professionalism of zoning administrators
Objective 1: Increase public understanding
- Policy 1: Establish a public relations committee.
- Policy 2: Establish an awards program.
- Policy 3: Establish a means of cooperation between GAZA and GMA, ACCG, GPA, CCMA, and BOAG.
- Policy 4: Provide a list of members willing to engage in public speaking on behalf of GAZA.
Provide services to the membership
- Policy 1: Continue and expand the newsletter.
- Policy 2: Establish leadership program.
- Policy 3: Establish districts and district representatives.
- Policy 1: Establish a referral service for technical assistance.
- Policy 2: Establish and provide workshops and seminars at district level.
- Policy 3: Provide technical bulletins to membership on changes affecting zoning administration.
Increase membership and membership involvement
- Policy 1: Establish districts and district representatives.
- Policy 2: Establish an awards program.
- Policy 3: Establish committees: Public Relations, Awards, Programs, Newsletter, and Nominations.
- Policy 4: Provide members opportunities for public speaking on behalf of GAZA
- Policy 1: Encourage membership by planning commissioners, county administrators, city managers, and elected officials.
- Policy 2: Establish a student membership category.
- Policy 3: Encourage district representatives to get colleagues to join.