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I want to deed off 1 acre of land in a farm agriculture zoned area of jasper county Georgia. it is part of my 12 acre farm and I want to start a private family cemetery. where do I start to get this done?

No state statutes specifically permit or prohibit family cemeteries. That said, Bibb County went a little crazy with recent restrictions.

Read your local zoning ordinance. I'm guessing it's silent on this topic, so I'd follow the don't ask, don't tell approach. Simply draw a map of your land showing where the "family burial ground" will be. (That's better language to use than "cemetery.") Then take it to be recorded with the deed. I'm guessing that's all you will need to do. A good practice is 150 ft. from a water supply and 25 ft. from a power line or boundary.

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