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.

Below are all the materials relating to the Zoning Map and the Development Code. The most recent revisions of the map were posted on June 16, 2017. Because there are few changes proposed in this revision, only the citywide map has been marked-up. The changes are noted in the Changes Table, in the same format as previously provided.

We are expecting more changes in the near future; the Perimeter Area in particular is still under review. Also, note that the names of the zoning districts are changing: PC- will become PX-; MD- will become PM-. PR- will remain the same. The proper designation for the Century Springs office complex is still under review.

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.

The next public hearing will be at the Planning Commission Special Meeting, June 21, 2017 at 6:00pm, at City Hall. Click here to view agenda.


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Development Code

Associated Documents

Providing Input

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

The final draft will be available for the June 21, 2017 Planning Commission, Special-Called meeting. This meeting will be held in City Council Chambers beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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.