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WHAT IS ZONING / LAND USE / LAND PLANNING ? https://www.britannica.com/topic/urban-planning

What is CITY OF ATLANTA (COA) ZONING?   Master Page, everything you ever wanted to know.
https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/city-planning/office-of-zoning-development/zoning

What are NPU’s? Neighborhood Planning Units were begun by Mayor Manard Jackson in 1974 to give citizens input into their neighborhood development.
NPU DASHBOARD: https://www.npuatlanta.org/npu-dashboard
https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/city-planning/office-of-zoning-development/neighborhood-planning-unit-npu
NPU UNIVERSITY HERE: NPU’s invite citizens to participate in land planning/safety/transportation
ATLANTA’S NPU BOUNDARIES: https://gis.atlantaga.gov/portfolio-4-col-npu.html
Link to NPU Calendar and ZOOM MEETINGS: https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/city-planning/office-of-zoning-development/neighborhood-planning-unit-npu/npu-schedule

What is COA/NPU-M Landuse MR-MU? A range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for affordable, intentional, sustainable and walkable communities. … MR-MU creates community through the integration of shared community space for example, cottage and bungalow courtyards. https://www.atlantaga.gov/home/showdocument?id=39209

INTERACTIVE MAPS –City of Atlanta Zoning Districts

#1. ATLANTA DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING (GIS) GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS   property, zoning maps, plat searches, NPU boundaries, 3D, many useful map types. https://gis.atlantaga.gov/
#2. COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF ATLANTA ZONING TYPES AS LABELED ON LAND MAPS http://www.atlantaga.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=2173
#3. LAND MAPS SHOWING ATLANTA PROPERTY ZONING
PDF Based ATL Zoning https://gis.atlantaga.gov/zoningmap/
Interactive ATL Zoning https://gis.atlantaga.gov/propinfo/
A Plain Zoning Map with Drawing Tools https://gis.atlantaga.gov/planview/
Do a search to read the regulations for a particular zoning type (The Atlanta Code of Ordinances is maintained online by Municode) https://library.municode.com/ga/atlanta/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOORANDECO_PT16ZO

#4. FULTON COUNTY BOARD OF ASSESSORS map-based property records search by owner, parcel # and address. (Sometimes zoning info differs from ATL GIS).
https://iaspublicaccess.fultoncountyga.gov/datalets/sketchframe.aspx?mode=sketch.aspx&sIndex=0&idx=1&LMparent=20

#5. NYTimes A MAP OF EVERY BUILDING IN AMERICA
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/12/us/map-of-every-building-in-the-united-states.html

 

THERE ARE TWO  TYPES OF ZONING VARIATIONS WITH DIFFERENT PATHS

A zoning variation is when, for good reasons, a property owner or developer seeks a deviation from the zoning in a particular City of Atlanta Zoning District (I below), or in a district with a Zoning Overlay (II below). Both Type I and II ZONING VARIATION FORMS are here: https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/city-planning/office-of-zoning-development/forms-applications.

I- City of Atlanta (COA) Basic  Zoning

1.–These are building rules for the basic zoning categories listed in “City of Atlanta Zoning Districts” item #2 (above) or HERE.
2.–For a basic type of zoning variation/deviation, there is a presentation and approval process that goes through 1)the Neighborhood Group, 2)the NPU, and 3)finally the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA).
3.–The form and submittal checklist (p. 2)  is here: APPLICATION FOR BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT VARIANCES & SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS

II- Overlay Zoning (on top of Basic Zoning)

1.–ATLANTA  OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICTS include Type II-1  “SPI Overlays” and/or Type II-2 “Beltline Overlays”.
2.–Type II zoning is an OVERLAY over Type I Basic Zoning.
3.–This adds an extra layer of zoning regulations on top of the Type 1 (Atlanta Land Zoning), with the most stringent zoning winning out.
4.–Type II variations require Special Administrative Permits (SAP’s) or Special Use Permits (SUP’s) to review walkability and other evidence-based good urban design for zoning deviation changes.
5.–The SAP form and submittal checklist (p. 2)  is here: https://www.atlantaga.gov/home/showdocument?id=45731

 II-1:  “SPI OVERLAY” land zoning
–Special Public Interest (SPI) Zones are pedestrian-oriented zones, with 1970’s Marta Station origins, and have evolved to make the areas surrounding Marta Stations walkable.  We all know how unpleasant it feels to walk in open undefined places beside urban streets,  walking fast to get to a part of the street with trees and nice buildings. Feeling vulnerable, endangered and bored, walking across a wide-open paved space, buildings without windows or scale, is not “Walkable”.
–The more urban and commercial  SPI-‘s have Design Review Committees (also called DRC’s) and SPI’s in residential areas do not.
MORE ABOUT Atlanta’s SPI’s HERE: Evolved to make commercial areas around Marta Stations walkable by requiring streets and corridors to have street-level storefronts, landscape, streetscape and other good urban design.
 II-2: “BELTLINE OVERLAY” land zoning
— Roughly 1/2 Mile each side of Beltline http://www.atlantaga.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=1674R-1 through R-5 is excluded from Beltline overlay zoning.

OTHER OVERLAYS AND STUDIES:

What are LCI’s ? : Living City Initiatives (LCI’s), Masterplans and Corridor Studies
https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/city-planning/office-of-zoning-development/plans-and-studies

ATLANTA URBAN DESIGN COMMISSION: City Of Atlanta Office of Design
https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/city-planning/office-of-design

ATLANTA CITY STUDIO (Pop-Up):
https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/city-planning/office-of-design/atlanta-city-studio

BELOVED CITY, A CITY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH
http://www.atlcitydesign.com/

DIVERSITY IN URBAN/RURAL AREAS
https://dekalbgis.maps.arcgis.com/home/webscene/viewer.html