PROPOSED ZONING ORDINANCE CONCERNS DHCA
A proposed new zoning ordinance for DeKalb County has serious implications for the Druid Hills neighborhood. Under the new ordinance, all properties in the county will receive a new zoning classification. The DeKalb County administration appears eager to push through the new ordinance.
Here are some of the proposed changes:
-Reduce the size of buffers between zoning classifications to make it easier to redevelop commercial corridors;
-Eliminate the 35 ft. height limitation in zones classified for office buildings, thereby permitting five-story buildings to go up adjacent to single family homes;
-Exempt pervious pavement from paving restrictions, enabling homeowners to pave all or larger portions of their properties (this affects the watershed);
-Severely limit the ability of homeowners and public officials to appeal land use decisions;
-Allow administrative reductions of required setbacks and minimum lot sizes;
-Allow the construction of cell phone towers anywhere without adequate recourse for homeowners and businesses;
-Allow for rezoning with embedded variances (“concurrent variance”);
-Provide for generous density bonuses in many zones countywide.
Stay tuned for updates!