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Updated Development Rules
to Build a Better Snellville

FAQWe’re cleaning up the inconsistencies in Snellville’s existing regulations, simplifying content, increasing flexibility, and encouraging the kind of redevelopment — like our Towne Center plan — envisioned by the community, all in one unified, user-friendly ordinance. Here’s the rundown on everything you need to know.


What’s happening?
Snellville’s Development Code Renovation project is an extended public process to produce a Unified Development Ordinance, which will update and consolidate all of our development-related regulations into one easy-to-use resource.

Why are we doing it?
Much of Snellville’s current code was written and formatted to serve the needs of another time while growth in the future, like our much anticipated Towne Center, will increasingly take the form of infill and redevelopment. With an updated ordinance we’ll more successfully encourage the development we want — and where we want it — while better protecting the character and context of our existing neighborhoods.

When’s it happening?
The project itself was approved by City Council in early 2016. Since that time, the consultant team has been orchestrating Phase One — clarifying the goals of the process through one-on-one conversations, focus groups, and the city’s widely attended Towne Center gathering. A detailed process schedule, including upcoming ways for residents to contribute — as well as subsequent expectations for Phase Two — will continue to be posted as it comes together.

What will it involve?
How we regulate development invites all kinds of questions we’ll need the community’s help in answering. What’s appropriate where? Should we control design and, if so, to what degree? How do we balance our existing character with any new forms of development we’ll need to remain competitive? And so on.

As these questions become fully identified, we’ll set up a variety of input opportunities — in-person and online — where you can share your views. And from those answers, we’ll be generating drafts of the new code and sharing them along the way for your review. So stay tuned.