Development Code and Zoning

Thank you to all who have shared comments with the review team. As we plan our Next Ten, it is vital to our success that this community program is accomplished with input from the community.

With the complete draft Development Code in hand, the review of the June 21 zoning map identified several parcels that could benefit from a different zoning district than that previously assigned – those are documented in the Citywide Draft Zoning Map and the Changes Table, which also include requests from the public.

To view to the draft amendment to the Character Area Map, please visit the Comprehensive Plan page.

We are getting close to the expected adoption date, but we are still accepting comments from the public – see the Contact section of this website to reach us.

Citywide

Street Framework Map

District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4

District 5

District 6

Development Code

Associated Documents

Providing Input

You can continue to provide the team your feedback on the Public Comment Form.

The Development Code, including the Zoning Map, is expected to go before Mayor and City Council on August 1, 2017 at 6:00pm.

Additional changes will be addressed later as text amendments and zoning actions, through the regular public hearing process.

Learn about the process

What is Zoning? What is Subdivision?

The Zoning Ordinance includes the regulations that govern the use of private land. Subdivision describes the process for dividing land and developing streets and other infrastructure. Both of these ordinances are included in Part B, Land Development Regulations in the City Code.

What is the Sandy Springs Development Code?

The Sandy Springs Development Code will combine zoning with subdivision and other related development regulations into a single document. The creation of the Sandy Springs Development Code allows the City to consider land use questions in conjunction with transportation issues – managing private development along with public streets and other infrastructure.  The Sandy Springs Development Code will use clear and consistent language and include graphics to illustrate the new regulations.

Where Will the New Code Apply?

Once the City Council approves the new Sandy Springs Development Code, it will apply citywide. It is the City’s intent that the existing single-family neighborhoods maintain their current development restrictions regarding use and form in the new Sandy Springs Development Code.

Why Update the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances?

The City’s land development regulations have been updated to incorporate amendments as recently as July 2015, but the City’s current regulations are based on the original Fulton County code, adopted at the time of formation of the City of Sandy Springs in 2005. The City has grown substantially since that initial adoption, and a new Comprehensive Plan was prepared, as required by state law.

A city’s regulations are one key implementing tool for planning. By law, the regulations must be consistent with the City’s adopted plans, so it is appropriate to consider changes to the regulations along with any new planning concepts.

What is a Form-Based Code?

The City is considering including improved standards for the quality of development in some portions of the City. A form-based code is a type of zoning that focuses more heavily on the built form of new development, with a more flexible approach to the uses allowed in that form. Form-based codes also incorporate both private property and the adjacent public realm (e.g., streets and sidewalks).

There are a series of special areas of the City – those that are also undergoing Small Area Plans within the Next Ten process – that were considered for this new tool: Perimeter Center, Roswell Road, Powers Ferry, and the MARTA station areas.