The City of Valdosta designed the First Step Meeting to be your "first step" in establishing your business. Every Thursday morning, potential developers are able to meet with representatives from city departments such as Engineering, Fire, Inspections, Landscape, Planning/Zoning, Public Works and Utilities. If you are interested in establishing a restaurant or mobile food service in Valdosta, the Lowndes County Health Department will also be in attendance to help better serve you. Individuals are encouraged to bring information that would help city staff better understand your proposed business, which may include site plans or just a general business idea.
If your proposed development will require an Annexation, Conditional Use Permit (CUP), Rezoning or Variance Application, a Pre-Application Meeting is required prior to submittal of the application. Pre-Application Meetings are held every Thursday afternoon, and the purpose of the meeting is to identify any possible hurdles during the application process and to thoroughly explain the application timeline.
To schedule a First Step or Pre-Application Meeting, contact the Planning and Zoning Division at 229-259-3563. The deadline for each week is Friday by noon.