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Model Code (Alternatives to Conventional Zoning)

 

Program Description

The "Model Code" provides Georgia's local governments a set of relatively simple tools, both old and new, they can use to address land use and development issues in their communities. It provides a one-stop shop for a variety of regulations designed for communities with limited capacity to prepare and administer these types of regulations. Along with traditional tools, such as subdivision regulations, the code introduces a variety of alternative and innovative approaches such as a Land Use Guidance System and Design Guidelines.

Organization of the Model Code

The code is organized into ten major sections that cover such topics as basic ingredients, provisions for developed and undeveloped areas, provisions for agricultural and rural areas, provisions for small downtown, innovative approaches, and administering the code. Within each section are individual modules addressing relevant subjects and areas of regulation.  Additonal refinements and supplements are presented at the bottom of this page.

User Guide: .pdf / .doc

A User Guide is provided to assist communities in taking advantage of the very practical and useful material offered in the various modules. Each module is designed to “stand alone” with the addition of the appropriate administration and enforcement provisions (provided in a separate section). However, many communities may choose to adopt a number of the modules, and indeed this is recommended. The User Guide, along with the commentary in each topic (as needed), explains how to avoid potential conflicts between different modules.

The Model Code

The Model Code is offered in both .pdf and .doc formats for your convenience.

COVER AND CONTENTS .pdf / .doc

PART ONE: STANDARD TEMPLATE FOR ALL ORDINANCES .pdf / .doc

PART TWO: REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING RULES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING CRITERIA .pdf / .doc

PART THREE: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

     §3-1 Soil Erosion and §3-2 Grading .pdf / .doc
     §3-3 Flood Damage Prevention .pdf / .doc
     §3-4 Hillside and Ridgeline Protection .pdf / .doc
     §3-5 Environmental Impact .pdf / .doc

PART FOUR: SUBDIVISIONS AND LAND DEVELOPMENT

     §4-1 Subdivisions and Land Development .pdf / .doc
     §4-2 and 4-3 Alternative Standards .pdf / .doc
     §4-4 Tree Protection .pdf / .doc
     §4-5 Landscaping and Buffers .pdf / .doc

PART FIVE: PERFORMANCE-BASED REGULATIONS THAT DO NOT USE A MAP

     §5-1 Off-site Impacts .pdf / .doc
     §5-2 Performance Standards .pdf / .doc
     §5-3 Nuisance .pdf / .doc
     §5-4 Major Permit Requirement .pdf / .doc
     §5-5 Land Use Guidance (Point) System .pdf / .doc
     §5-6 Traffic Impact Studies .pdf / .doc

PART SIX: USE-BASED RESTRICTIONS THAT DO NOT USE A MAP .pdf / .doc

PART SEVEN: MAPPED APPROACHES TO LAND USE REGULATION

     §7-1 Agricultural Lands, §7-2 Agricultural Use Notice and Waiver, and §7-3 Agricultural Buffer Requirements .pdf / .doc
     §7-4 Land Use Intensity Districts .pdf / .doc
     §7-5 Interchange Area Development .pdf / .doc
     §7-6 Mixed Use District .pdf / .doc
     §7-7 Scenic Corridor Overlay .pdf / .doc
     §7-8 Arterial Corridor Overlay .pdf / .doc
     §7-9 Residential Infill Development .pdf / .doc

PART EIGHT: SPECIAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

     §8-1 Rural Clustering .pdf / .doc
     §8-2 Official Map .pdf / .doc
     §8-3 Development Agreement .pdf / .doc
     §8-4 Interim Developmen Regulations .pdf / .doc
     §8-5 Affordable Housing .pdf / .doc

PART NINE: REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT CHARACTER AREAS

     §9-1 Downtown Specific Plans .pdf / .doc
     §9-2 Design Review .pdf / .doc
     §9-3 Design Guidelines .pdf / .doc
     §9-4 Historic Preservation .pdf / .doc
     §9-5 Form Based Code .pdf / .doc
     §9-6 Character Districts .pdf / .doc

PART TEN: PROCEDURES, BOARDS, AND COMMISSIONS

     §10-1 Procedures .pdf / .doc
     §10-2 Planning Commission .pdf / .doc
     §10-3 Hearing Examiner .pdf / .doc
     §10-4 Redevelopment Agency .pdf / .doc
     §10-5 Intergovernmental Agreement .pdf / .doc

COMMENTARY AND REFERENCES (by code section):.pdf   / .doc

INDEX: .pdf / .doc

SUPPLEMENTS/MODIFICATIONS

The "Starter" Code: .pdf / .doc

The Starter Code is offered for communities seeking a very basic level of development regulation that protects from undesired uses while also complying with minimum state regulatory requirements.  Adoption of the Starter Code is a good starting point, with minimal administrative complexity, but it will also allow addition of other modules from the Model Code as the community grows or seeks to add new tools to its local development management toolbox.

Hazard Mitigation Supplement:  .pdf / .doc

DCA“s Office of Planning and Environmental Management used grant funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development  Disaster Recovery Enhancement Fund (DREF) to improve local disaster mitigation and resilience. One product of this work is this Hazard Mitigation Supplement to DCA's Model Code.  It includes a variety of modifications to the basic Model Code, above, that enhance the basic document's focus on this issue.  For more information about DCA's work on the DREF project click here.

 

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