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Each annual survey of Georgia zoning and land use law since 2017 has chronicled judicial decisions ostensibly intended to transform legislative zoning decisions into quasi-judicial actions. These include City of Cumming v. Flowers, in which the Supreme Court of Georgia held a local government variance decision, and any other zoning or entitlement decision tightly controlled by the local ordinance, is quasi-judicial and may only be appealed by writ of certiorari, regardless of the mechanism for appeal set out in the local government’s ordinance; York v. Athens College of Ministry, Inc., in which the Court of Appeals of Georgia held that consideration of a special/conditional use permit is a quasi-judicial decision; and Diversified Holdings, LLP v. City of Suwanee, in which the Supreme Court of Georgia reiterated that an application for discretionary appeal is required to appeal from a trial court decision on an adverse rezoning decision, which is “an adjudicative decision made by a local government body acting in an administrative role.”