Zoning Compliance is done as part of all building and land development review applications. Zoning compliance ensures that developments are in compliance with the zoning ordinance including, but not limited to, items such as density, height, use, open space, civic design, landscaping, setbacks, parking, and tree preservation. Specifications of Standard Development Documents of the UDO outlines requirements for all plans submitted for review and approval. See Land Development for additional information. See what the zoning classification of properties in the City are by downloading the Zoning Map (pdf) or by using the Interactive Zoning Map application
Unified Development Ordinance
The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) was adopted on June 16, 2015. Zoning activities from the adoption date forward are performed through implementation of the UDO, which includes code enforcement, along with shaping growth and redevelopment to achieve the vision of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Planning and Development Department prepares and presents recommendations that ensure compliance with the UDO and the comprehensive plan in partnership with various boards and commissions to achieve a livable city while balancing the needs of residents and businesses. The UDO can be accessed through Municode.
The UDO was amended in December 2019, and those amendments have not yet been incorporated into Municode. The amended code sections can be downloaded below:
Title I. Administration
Ch. 220. Special Zoning Districts
Ch. 230. Standards Applying to All Districts
Ch. 240. General Use Regulations
Ch. 250. Off Street Parking and Loading Standards
Ch. 260. Sign Regulations
Ch. 270. Nonconforming Situations
Ch. 280. Procedures
Ch. 300 Subdivision and Development Standards and Procedures
Ch. 310. Environmental Standards
Ch. 320. Buffers Landscaping and Tree Protection
Ch. 340. Stormwater Management
Ch. 350. Infrastructure
The following section in Chapter 18 was also amended:
Article IV. Property Maintenance
Planned Unit Development (PUD), is a special zoning district, that is intended to permit the planning and development of parcels of land, at least one acre in size, that are suitable in location and character for the uses proposed as unified and integrated developments in accordance with detailed development plans. These plans may supersede the regulations included in the UDO where indicated by these development plans.
There is currently one PUD in the Downtown Chamblee Town Center PUD. The development plans for the Town Center Planned Unit Development (PUD) District can be accessed here: Downtown Chamblee Town Center PUD Zoning District
Development of Community Impact (DCI)
A Development of Community Impact (DCI) is defined as any development or building project with an aggregate of 20,000 square feet or more of new buildings or a site consisting of two acres or more. These requirements shall also apply to common plans of development including multiple, separate and distinct development activities that take place on different parcels, at different times or on different schedules.
A DCI requires a greater amount of scrutiny based on its potential impacts. DCIs are heard by the City's Design Review Board (DRB). The DRB makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on architectural and site design elements of an application. Planning and Development Department staff analyze the application and makes a recommendation of approval or denial to the Mayor and City Council. The City Council makes the final decision to approve or deny the DCI request. The Council may also place special stipulations or restrictions on an approved DCI.
When a property owner seeks to change the zoning of their land, they must submit a rezoning application to the Planning and Development Department to amend the City's official zoning map. No zoning map amendment shall be considered if it is not consistent with the future development map. If a proposed zoning map amendment is not consistent with the future development map, then an applicant may submit an amendment to the future development map, either separately or concurrently with a proposed zoning map amendment. After verifying that all the appropriate information has been provided and the required fees paid, staff schedules the application for hearing before the City Council. Planning and Development Department staff makes a recommendation to the City Council for disposition of the application. The City Council makes the final decision to approve or reject the rezoning request. The Council may also place special stipulations or restrictions on an approved rezoning.
When a property owner seeks to receive a variance from a zoning standard, they must submit a variance application to the Planning and Development Department. After verifying that all of the appropriate information has been provided and the required fees paid, staff schedules the application for hearing before the Mayor and City Council. Planning and Development Department staff analyzes the application and makes a recommendation for approval or denial, and the Mayor and City Council makes the final decision to approve or deny the variance request. The Council may also place special stipulations or restrictions on an approved variance.
The purpose of Subdivision Regulations is to establish procedures and standards for the development and subdivision of land which facilitates the creation of functional neighborhoods enhancing the quality of life for the immediate residents, adjoining neighborhoods, and the city as a whole. The Subdivision Regulations seek to accomplish the following goals:
- Orderly growth and development of new and redeveloped neighborhoods
- Coordination of streets within proposed neighborhoods with existing or planned streets and other public facilities
- General distribution of population and traffic in a manner that will avoid congestion and overcrowding
- Dedication or reservation of parks, public squares, and recreational areas, accessible to all residents to serve as community focal points
- Set standards for landscaping and detailing of the public domain of streets, parks, and squares to promote a pedestrian-oriented environment and civic awareness
- Provide for pleasing visual environments to ensure public health, safety, and the general welfare to residents of the city
See the Applications and Forms page for submittal information for all zoning processes, and public hearing schedules.
See the Recent Zoning Agenda Items and Upcoming Zoning Agenda Items sections for information and documents pertaining to zoning cases.