Jonesboro Community Development Department

David Allen

David Allen
Director of Community Development /
Zoning Administrator

1859 City Center Way
Jonesboro, Georgia 30236

Office – (770) 478-3800
Fax – (770) 478-3775
Email –
Office Hours – Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Welcome from the Director

Hello and welcome to the Community Development Department of the City of Jonesboro. The Department works diligently with residents, businesses, and community leaders to shape the appearance and urban  development of the City. As a result of these efforts, Jonesboro provides for safe, quality residential neighborhoods and sustainable economic growth.

About the Community Development Director

A native of Georgia, Mr. Allen currently lives with his family in Pike County.  With a range of work experience from Norfolk, Virginia to Macon, Fayetteville, and Zebulon, Georgia, Mr. Allen has worked for the City of Jonesboro since May of 2018.  He is a Georgia registered landscape architect.

Our department's responsibilities include:

  • Conducting zoning verifications and certifications for properties within the City limits.
  • Assisting with business license compliance.
  • Reviewing building permits and coordinating further review with all relevant agencies.
  • Reviewing sign permits for compliance with the City Sign Code.
  • Reviewing tree removal permits for compliance with the City Tree Protection Ordinance.
  • Preparing staff reports for the Design Review Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission for relevant design projects within the City.
    • Preparing staff reports for the Mayor and City Council relative to rezoning (map amendment), zoning appeal, conditional use, variance, and annexation cases within the City.
    • Preparing staff reports for the Mayor and City Council for necessary text amendments and additions to the City Code.
    • Making necessary changes to the City's Zoning Table of Uses. 
    • Maintaining and updating the City Zoning Map.
    • Maintaining and updating the City Comprehensive Plan.
    • Maintaining and updating the City's short-range Planning Initiatives. 
    • Assisting the City Manager with economic development.

The City of Jonesboro is currently undertaking an update to its Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map, to be complete in the fall of 2021. The Comprehensive Plan outlines a framework for the development of the City, recognizing the physical, economic, social, political, aesthetic, and related factors of a community.

Use of the City Zoning Map by citizens is for general reference only. Official zoning verifications for permitting, licensing, and other City services shall only be rendered by the Community Development Director / Zoning Administrator.