Atlanta Zoning Ordinance Update

TSW’s Caleb Racicot led a consultant team to develop the City of Atlanta Zoning  Ordinance assessment and quick fix amendments before the City takes on a more in-depth rewrite and update. A recent article by Robert Steuteville on Public Square, a CNU Journal, noted that the recently adopted zoning update is “… designed to accommodate a growing population—including reductions in off-street parking requirements and more opportunities for “missing middle” housing types and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family neighborhoods.”

A few of the key updates include:

  • No parking requirement for any building built before 1965 (except for establishments with a liquor license)
  • Loading requirements are reduced citywide
  • ADUs are legal again in half the city
  • Industrial mixed-use zoning now exists
  • Missing middle is legal again
  • Progressive parking requirements (no minimums and new caps) within 1/2 mile of MARTA rail, streetcar stops, and any transit lines that are built

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.