Comprehensive Plan

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is an official statement of the City’s vision for its future. It expresses the Sandy Springs community’s aspirations and goals for the city’s future, while articulating a corresponding set of policies and recommendations to guide future decisions regarding land use, development and capital improvements. While the plan looks 20 years into the future, it emphasizes The Next Ten.  The Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Sandy Springs City Council on February 21, 2107. 

Why update the Comprehensive Plan?

Sandy Springs is a dynamic and growing city that has experienced substantial changes since the City’s first Comprehensive Plan was approved in 2007. Updating the Comprehensive Plan presented an opportunity to account for these changes and to respond to continued growth pressures. It also provided an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on Sandy Springs’ first ten years, while confirming and refining our aspirations for The Next Ten.

CHARACTER AREA MAP AMENDMENT

The Character Area Map is a document part of the Comprehensive Plan that establishes the future vision for the City and serves as guiding policy for zoning decisions.

The original Map was adopted in February 2017, and is ready for an update now that draft Zoning Map is finalized. It scheduled to go before the Planning Commission on Thursday, July 20, 2017 and before the  Mayor and City Council on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Please note that the colors on the new Character Area Map were changed to reflect those used in the Zoning Map more closely.

The Character Area Map is implemented through zoning, based on this chart:

Character Area Map DRAFT
Character Area Map (mark-up)

DOCUMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS

You can download the Revised Draft Comprehensive Plan in multiple ways below. The Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Sandy Springs City Council on February 21, 2017.

To view the previous versions of the Plans as they were developed, please click here. To view all public comments received and responses to these comments, please go here.


You may download the document as a full document or by chapter, in two formats: a two-page spread format for viewing on your computer and a single-page format for double-sided printing. Please follow the instructions below for downloading the version you would prefer.

For viewing on your computer (two-page spread format)

Download the full document

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  • High resolution (Larger file with clearer graphics. Click the blue “download” button. You may be asked to confirm that you want to download the document, due to its large size.)

or

Download by chapter

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For printing (double-sided recommended)

Download the full document

  • Smaller resolution (After clicking on the link, click the arrow button at the top of the page to download. If you do not see the arrow button, move your cursor to the top of the page. You can zoom in on the page by using the controls at the top right of your screen.)
  • High resolution (Larger file with clearer graphics. Click the blue “download” button. You may be asked to confirm that you want to download the document, due to its large size.)

or

Download by chapter

(After clicking on a link below, click the arrow button at the top of the page to download. If you do not see the arrow button, move your cursor to the top of the page. You can zoom in on the page by using the controls at the top right of your screen.)

Comprehensive Plan Comments and Responses: 

Click here to view a compilation of all public comments received since the start of the Next Ten process, including comments on previous drafts of the Comprehensive Plan.

 

Past Presentations and Meeting Materials

Outreach Summaries

Facts and Findings