Appointed Boards


The DDA is a 7 member body which works to revitalize and redevelop the downtown business district. The members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve staggard four-year terms. Members must be taxpayers who live in the city or they must own or operate a business located in the downtown development area. One member may be a member of the municipal governing authority. The DDA Board meets the first Monday of each month at 4:00 P.M. in Aldermen Hall.



The Design Review Board is a five member body which reviews and approves building designs, landscaping, and site plans to ensure an aesthetic design and compliance with the City’s codes. Design review shall apply to all development, except for single-family detached dwellings within the city limits of the City of Forsyth, within the jurisdiction of the Design Review Board. The members are appointed to three-year staggered terms by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. At least one member of the Board shall be an architect or landscape architect with current state registration, or a licensed commercial building contractor. One member shall be selected from the Planning Commission and one member selected from the Historic Preservation Commission. The Design Review Board meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:30 P.M in the City Hall Annex.

HELPFUL INFORMATION: All applicants for design review and approval are strongly encouraged but are not required to schedule a pre-application conference with the Zoning Officer. A pre-application conference is a time when applicants can familiarize themselves with the application requirements and processes and gain preliminary input from staff as to the suitability of the proposed material change in appearance.

All applications for design review approval should contain the following information:

  1. Elevation drawings and color and material samples
  2. Photographs
  3. Site plan and
  4. Landscaping plan

Additional information:

See Zoning Enforcement Department to download appropriate form(s).

QUESTIONS? Please contact the Zoning Officer at Forsyth City Hall for more information. (478) 994-5649



The Housing Authority is a five member body appointed by Mayor and City Council.  The Authority meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 2:00 PM at City Hall Annex.



The HPC is a five member body established to create a uniform procedure for use in providing for the protection and enhancement of local historic properties as well as developing and conducting educational programs on historic properties that will increase the community’s awareness and understanding of historic preservation. The members of the commission are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to staggered three-year terms.



The Planning and Zoning Commission is a body of five members which ensure the future quality of life of the City of Forsyth by dealing with all matters involving property rezoning, conditional use, variances, and conditional approval and disapproval of preliminary plats of major subdivisions. After holding a hearing, recommendations are made to the Mayor and City Council for further review. The Planning and Zoning Commission is appointed by Mayor and City Council which serve three-year staggered terms. The commission meets the 4th Monday of each month at 5:00 PM at City Hall Annex.

Before buying or improving any property within the City of Forsyth or beginning construction of any type, contact the Zoning Officer at City Hall at (478) 994-5649.