Zoning

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 Patternbook for the Town Center Planned Unit Development (PUD) District can be accessed here: Downtown Chamblee Town Center PUD Zoning District

Zoning Compliance


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.

Rezoning


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.

Variance


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.

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.

Subdivisions


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

Applications


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.