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A “Renovated” Development Code: Review and comment on the working draft

It’s been a long road since we as a community began our work to address the city’s outdated zoning and development regulations. Along the way, we’ve heard your aspirations and concerns, met to discuss them, shared ideas, summarized everything in a Diagnostic Report, and built out two new custom zoning districts in a real world test case to support our long-discussed Towne Center development.

The result — the Snellville Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) — is a single, user-friendly resource that encourages the kind of redevelopment we’d like to see more of. And it’s now ready for your review and comment. Here’s how:

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Development Code Effort Advances with Towne Center Modifications

On Thursday, December 15, Snellville City Council took a significant step forward in its effort to overhaul and update the city’s development regulations, unanimously approving two new zoning districts designed to foster future Towne Center development efforts long envisioned by the community.

“Our action tonight will help turn the Towne Center vision into a reality,” said Mayor Tom Witts. “But there’s still much work to be done with our big picture zoning overhaul. We’ll be continuing that in the new year, and I encourage everyone to stay involved.”

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Development Code launch draws full house of engaged residents

Kicking off Tuesday evening’s 90-minute public presentation and listening session, consultant team leader Caleb Racicot laid out the promise of Snellville’s Development Code Renovation effort in no uncertain terms.

“We have the opportunity,” he said, “for the general public — all of you — to finally have an accessible, readable framework to guide the growth you want to see. One that’s easy to understand, easy to use, and speaks the way regular people speak.”

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Broad Community Input Helps Set Development Code Agenda

Earlier this year when City Council green-lighted the update of Snellville’s development code, Mayor Tom Witts made clear that the effort would be responsive to community aspirations and concerns.

“We need to understand what people want and what they’re concerned about,” he said at the time. “So Job One is listening. There’ll be all kinds of opportunities to contribute—meetings, focus groups, even a dedicated project website with ongoing updates.”

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