This memo summarizes the proposed structure of the new zoning code. It also includes data regarding exisng zoning districts providing the juscaon of the new structure. The updated DeKalb Zoning Ordinance will implement the policies of the DeKalb County 2025 Comprehensive Plan with fewer zoning districts, balanced with greater design standards.
Residenal Zoning Districts
The zoning ordinance retains the residenal districts that comprise the majority of the County. DeKalb County currently has
residenal districts in the Zoning Ordinance. In the new zoning ordinance, these districts have been consolidated to 8 zoning districts to achieve a more user-friendly code. • The three primary residenal districts (R-75, R-85, and R-100) will remain the same. The Residenal Neighborhood Conservaon District (R-NCD) and Mobile Home Park District also are unchanged.• The R-200 and R-150 districts: converted into one district, Residenal Estate.• R-30 and R-20: converted into one district called Residenal Large Lot.• Averaging requirements and compability criteria dened (Arcle 5)• Parking standards have their own chapter (Arcle 6).
Medium and High Density Residenal
The proposed zoning code creates new districts aligned with Character areas designated by the Comprehensive Plan including Neighborhood Centers, Town Centers, Regional Centers, and Commercial Redevelopment Corridors. Medium and High Residenal Districts provide for planned residenal communies with a mix of residenal product types. These districts are primarily residenal, yet allow non-residenal as an accessory use to serve the needs of the new development. New site design and building form standards in Arcle 5 ensure quality design.• New mul-family districts correspond to character areas in that they allow densies based on scale and intensity based on amenies and infrastructure. The new medium and higher density districts provide for a base density and only allow increased density through a “bonus” system, related to the project locaon and proposed improvements. RM districts will be converted to a corresponding MR or HR district, with design requirements for redevelopment and new development clearly established in the new code.• A new Small Lot Residenal district (R-SM) allows for small lots, coage homes, and aached single-family.• R-SM does not allow mul-family or non-residenal uses, except as grandfathered by site plans condioned to the former TND districts.• To ensure higher quality design in DeKalb County, lot controls and setbacks for each building type are in Arcle 2 with specic site design and building type regulaons in Arcle 5.• Plan review process systemacally includes Arcle 5.
DeKalb County Zoning Code Update
Technical Memo: Proposed Districts and Conversions
Medium and High Density Residential developments will be reviewed with new site and building form standards in Article 5.
DeKalb Zoning Code Table of Contents
Article 1: General RegulationsArticle 2: Zoning Districts Article 3: Overlay DistrictsArticle 4: Use Table and RegulationsArticle 5: Site and Building Form StandardsArticle 6: Parking Article 7: Administration and EnforcementArticle 8: Non-conforming SituationsArticle 9: Denitions
Cottage homes are typically less than 1,200 sq. ft. in size and front on a common open space.