Consultants hired by the City of Sandy Springs presented a draft of a new “Development Code” at a recent City Hall open house that aims to both modernize and simplify the city’s zoning code. As a part of their “Next 10” project, Sandy Springs is looking to move the city into the next decade by shedding the zoning codes they adopted from Fulton County in 2007 when the city was created.
This new code included “innovative” ways of incorporating workforce housing, but after receiving much criticism for their ideas, the group agreed to come up with “something new and something different”. A major point of discussion was partially constructed or unbuilt projects. Officials contend there will be no “grand-fathering”, but these projects will be classified as “nonconforming”. Simply put, these projects won’t have the ability to be expanded or extended.
A final draft of the “Development Code” is expected in mid to late June with adoption in the fall.
With several other changes on the table, ACBR staff and members in the area will work to be assure these new code changes are not overreaching on private property rights. If your business is being affected by these and other changes, contact Aaron Johnson, Government Affairs Director at 404-732-0631 or Aaron@AtlCBR.com to discuss.