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September 8, 2015

DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Adopts New Zoning Code

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On Tuesday, August 25th, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved by unanimously approved a new zoning code for DeKalb County. The zoning code update has been under development for nearly seven years. According to Luz Borrero, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Development, the final zoning document is intended to serve as modern, comprehensive guide for developers, architects and engineers. As such, it contains a user-friendly, illustrated zoning code to make information on the recent changes more readily accessible.

The highlight of the new zoning code, however, is its improved set of design standards. Design is standardized across new zoning districts and old consolidated districts.  Also, incentives are provided to increase densities to higher levels in appropriate areas of the County. These new tools are intended to support sustainable approaches to development and new urban living trends such as walkability and urban agriculture. To view technical memos or for additional information on the new zoning code, click here. You can access the new zoning documents by clicking here.

All changes become effective on September 1, 2015.


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