Atlanta Zoning Ordinance Update

TSW, led by Caleb Racicot, was recently tasked with the development of the City of Atlanta Zoning Ordinance assessment and quick fix amendments. The goal of this project was to lay the foundation for a more comprehensive and in-depth rewrite and update of the city’s zoning laws.

The recently adopted zoning updates were designed to keep up with the city’s growing population and provide more opportunities for various housing types and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family neighborhoods. These updates aim to reduce physical barriers and create more resilient elements in the city’s zoning laws.

Some of the key updates include a reduction in off-street parking requirements and the legalization of ADUs in half the city. In addition, industrial mixed-use zoning has been established, allowing for a mix of commercial and industrial use in the same area. “Missing middle” housing types, such as townhouses and duplexes, are also now legal in the city. Progressive parking requirements, with no minimums and new caps, have been implemented within a half-mile radius of MARTA rail, streetcar stops, and any transit lines that are built.

Another important update is the elimination of parking requirements for any building built before 1965, with the exception of establishments with a liquor license. Citywide, loading requirements have also been reduced.

These updates are expected to help promote economic growth and sustainability in the city, by providing more opportunities for affordable housing, reducing the reliance on cars, and promoting the use of public transportation. The recent article by Robert Steuteville on Public Square, a CNU Journal, highlights the significance of these updates in shaping the future of the city and creating a more livable and inclusive environment for its residents.

Click here for the Public Square article and click here for the PDF of recent updates.

On March 7th, Caleb and City of Atlanta staff will be presenting Quick Zoning Fixes to Improve Walkability at the Georgia Walks Summit.