The city maintains a five-member municipal planning commission in accordance with the Tennessee Code Annotated. Most recent annexations include the Southeastern part of Savannah and areas on both sides of Highway 64 on the east side of the city. In addition to zoning and annexation, the commission has been very active in codes enforcement. In 1998, the City Planning Office and the Codes Enforcement Office were combined to create the Community Development Office. In 1999, the city provided input into the Hardin County 20-year Growth Plan which provides a framework for municipal boundary changes and incorporations, public services, preservation of undeveloped areas, and local government grant, loan and tax revenues.
Community Development is comprised of two major areas, those being Zoning and Codes Enforcement.
Zoning is an ongoing function of the department used to plan and regulate the zoning and land uses of property located within the city. Zoning is further intended to guide and establish a coordinated and harmonious development of the City of Savannah, promote public health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity, and the general welfare, as well as efficiency and economy in the process of development. The grouping of like property regions through zoning is evaluated on a continual basis to assess the lack of or abundance of any certain type of occupancy, to allow for readjustments when necessary to facilitate growth in the city when the demand is higher than the availability for a certain type of property or zoning classification.
The second priority of the Community Development Department is to regulate and enforce both the Building Codes and Municipal Ordinances adopted by the city. The Building Code is comprised of four major areas:
Community Development currently focuses on building structure inspections, with Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative performing electrical inspections, and the city’s utility department performing mechanical and plumbing inspections on a limited basis, primarily for new utility installations. The City of Savannah’s inspection capabilities include having three Building Inpectors certified with the State of Tennessee.