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DeKalb County, GA, Technical Zoning Memo

DeKalb County, GA, Technical Zoning Memo

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A description of zoning changes in DeKalb County, GA, 2014.
A description of zoning changes in DeKalb County, GA, 2014.

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Published by: Get the Cell Out - Atlanta Chapter on Apr 29, 2014
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This memo summarizes the proposed structure of the new zoning code. It also includes data regarding exisng zoning districts providing the juscaon 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.
Residenal Zoning Districts
The zoning ordinance retains the residenal districts that comprise the majority of the County. DeKalb County currently has
 residenal 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 residenal districts (R-75, R-85, and R-100) will remain the same. The Residenal Neighborhood Conservaon District (R-NCD) and Mobile Home Park District also are unchanged.The R-200 and R-150 districts: converted into one district, Residenal Estate.R-30 and R-20: converted into one district called Residenal Large Lot.Averaging requirements and compability criteria dened (Arcle 5)Parking standards have their own chapter (Arcle 6).
Medium and High Density Residenal
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 Residenal Districts provide for planned residenal communies with a mix of residenal product types. These districts are primarily residenal, yet allow non-residenal as an accessory use to serve the needs of the new development. New site design and building form standards in Arcle 5 ensure quality design.New mul-family districts correspond to character areas in that they allow densies based on scale and intensity based on amenies 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 locaon 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 Residenal district (R-SM) allows for small lots, coage homes, and aached single-family.R-SM does not allow mul-family or non-residenal uses, except as grandfathered by site plans condioned to the former TND districts.To ensure higher quality design in DeKalb County, lot controls and setbacks for each building type are in Arcle 2 with specic site design and building type regulaons in Arcle 5.Plan review process systemacally includes Arcle 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: Denitions
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