On Thursday, December 15, Snellville City Council took a significant step forward in its 14 month 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.”
That overhaul — dubbed the Development Code Renovation effort — will clean up regulatory inconsistencies city-wide, increase flexibility, and simplify content throughout, creating one unified, user-friendly ordinance. Once complete, it will leave the city better served to encourage and guide the right development in the right place, more effectively protecting the character and needs of existing neighborhoods.
In the last six months, the city has held numerous town hall meetings, focus groups, and one-on-one meetings with citizens to ensure that changes made to the development code reflect the desires of Snellville citizens, businesses and stakeholders. Thursday’s unanimous vote was the first tangible example of the updated code’s impact, setting an encouraging tone for the work left to complete.
That work will include another round of community meetings and input opportunities in the new year, as the specific changes required are identified and discussed. So stay tuned.
Background on the Towne Center
Snellville’s planning for the Towne Center began in 2007. After soliciting input from citizens across Snellville, the city unveiled updated plans for the project. The city recently announced a proposal to move the Elizabeth H. Williams Library to a new facility in the planned Towne Center, and if approved by Gwinnett County, the library would be funded with 2017 SPLOST dollars. The library concept would also include a new city market.