Georgia Model Code: Alternatives to Conventional Zoning
By: , State of Georgia
This model unified development code developed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs addresses design review (§9-2). It establishes a design review process; provisions address the purpose and intent of the ordinance, the establishment and authority of the design review board, definitions, application requirements and the review process, appeals, and enforcement. A separate document provides commentary for the section.
This model unified development code developed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs addresses agricultural lands in three different ways: the designation of agricultural lands (§7.1), an agricultural use notice and waiver (§7.2), and agricultural buffer requirements (§7.3). A Commentary document provides further information on these tools.
This model unified development code includes a template to help cities and counties of Georgia implement their own form-based code to regulate development (§9-5). It includes a regulating plan, use provisions, and a set of requirements that relate to the regulation of building, streets, streetscape, parking, architecture and open space.
This model unified development code provides a template to help cities and counties in Georgia draft regulations for residential infill development (§7-9). Model provisions address intent, definitions, enabling residential infill overlays, general provisions, permitted uses, lot requirements, flag lots, dwelling height and width, build-to lines and setbacks, design requirements, and appeals.
This model unified development code provides a template to help communities in Georgia draft and adopt scenic corridor overlays (§7-7). It contains the following provisions: scenic corridor designation; application and exception; setbacks, buffers, trees, and landscaping; and provisions regarding buildings and structures. A supplementary commentary document discusses steps and options for scenic corridor overlay implementation. Additional commentary provides further guidance on implementing scenic corridor protection.
This model unified development code provides a framework for regulating zoning nonconformities (§7-4-8). It addresses nonconforming lots, expansion of nonconforming structures, nonconforming changes of use, discontinuance of nonconforming uses, expansion of nonconforming uses, and reconstruction of nonconforming uses.
This model unified development code provides a template to help cities and counties in Georgia draft land-use and development regulations. It includes 10 parts: a standard ordinance template; regulations implementing rules for environmental planning criteria; environmental protection; subdivisions and land development; performance-based regulations that do not use a map; use-based restrictions that do not use a map; mapped approaches to land-use regulation; special growth management techniques; regulations to implement character areas; and procedures, boards and commissions. Not all sections are intended to be used simultaneously in the same code. It also includes a basic starter code to comply with minimum state requirements, a hazard mitigation supplement, user guide, and commentary for all sections.
This model unified development code provides a template for zoning variance regulations. It addresses authority to grant variances, conditions and criteria for granting variances, staff reports, notices and hearings, and actions on variances (§1-10).