In a unanimous show of support, Snellville’s City Council brought four years of community input, idea testing, and draft review to an end with their Monday, October 26 adoption of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a comprehensive updating and consolidation of the city’s existing zoning and development regulations. (more…)
Following through on last month’s unanimous recommendation by the Snellville Planning Commission for approval of the city’s proposed Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), City Council is now set to vote on the code’s adoption during its Monday, October 26 meeting.
Immediately following their Tuesday, September 22 work session, in which the city’s proposed Unified Development Ordinance was discussed at length, Snellville’s Planning Commission received a presentation from project consultant, Caleb Racicot, and unanimously recommended approval of the draft ordinance by City Council in October.
The Snellville Unified Development Code‘s six-week public review process concluded on Monday, August 31. Edits to the working draft will now be implemented based on the community input received, after which a formal draft will move towards review and adoption by the appropriate boards. Watch this site for a download of the updated draft as it becomes available.
It’s been a long road since we as a community began our work to address the city’s outdated zoning and development regulations.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:
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.”
When Snellville’s Development Code Renovation process kicked off July 12, the sizable crowd of residents and business owners in attendance were given opportunity to fill out comment cards reflecting their own ideas and concerns about future growth in Snellville.
Those comments have now been compiled and are available for your review.
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.”
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.”