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Land Use & Zoning

Decatur is divided into land use districts that establish in a general way how land in the city should be used and into zoning districts that regulate the density, intensity, and type of development that can occur on a specific property. The city is divided into the following land use categories:

RL: Low Density Residential
RM: Medium Density Residential
I: Institutional
C: Commercial & High Density Residential

The land uses categories established on the comprehensive land use map are implemented by the zoning districts within each category. The zoning districts that are permitted within each land use category are:

 RL
Low Density
Residential
 RM
Medium Density
Residential
 I
Institutional
 C
Commercial &
High Density
Residential
 R-85

Single Family
Residential District

 RS-17
Single Family
Residential District
  Institutional  PO
Professional Office
District
 R-60

Single Family
Residential District

 RM-18

Multiple Family
Residential District

   NMU
Neighborhood Mixed
Use District
 R-50

Single Family
Residential District

RM-22
Multiple Family
Residential District

   C-1
Local Commercial
District
 

RM-43
Multiple Family
Residential District 

   C-2
General Commercial
District
       C-3
Heavy Commercial
District
     

MU
Mixed-Use District 

Amendments to the comprehensive land use map or the zoning map may be initiated by the City Commission, Planning Commission, or a property owner. Requests for a change to the comprehensive land use map and/or the zoning map must be considered by the City Commission with recommendation from the Planning Commission at public hearings. 

Change in Land Use Designation

  • The Comprehensive Land Use Plan may be amended regardless of the zoning district in which the subject property is located.
  • To request a change to a property’s land use, contact the Planning and Zoning Division for a pre-application conference with the zoning administrator and complete the Land Use Plan amendment application.

Change in Zoning

  • The zoning map may be amended without an amendment to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan if the proposed amendment would permit a use that is allowed in the existing land use category of that property.
  • If a proposed amendment to the zoning map would permit a use that is not authorized within the land use category of the subject property, then the applicant must obtain an appropriate amendment to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan at the same time as applying for a zoning map amendment.
  • To request a change to a property’s zoning, contact the Planning and Zoning Division for a pre-application conference with the zoning administrator and complete the zoning map amendment application.

Current Zoning Initiatives

The City of Decatur is currently initiating the potential rezoning of the area around the Avondale MARTA Station, roughly bounded by E. College Avenue, Sams Street, Talley Street, and Commerce Drive/S. Columbia Drive. The rezoning would align the land use and zoning of the area with goals and polices adopted as part of the 2002 Decatur-Avondale MARTA Station Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Study, the 2011 City of Decatur LCI Study, the 2010 Strategic Plan, and the 2016 Decatur 360 Comprehensive Plan

Most of the area is currently zoned C-3 - Heavy Commercial.  The proposed zoning would be MU - Mixed Use, Transit Subarea.  The Mixed Use zoning district is to promote the redevelopment of existing single uses in commercial areas into vibrant and sustainable communities combining multifamily residential, retail, restaurants, office uses, along with niche industries such as artisanal food and craft beverages, artist studios, and clean technology businesses.  The Mixed Use zoning district also provides for further development design standards that enhance the public realm, increase public open space, creates better street connectivity, and promotes more walkability, especially in close proximity to the transit station.  The Mixed Use zoning district recognizes the long-term build out and incremental approach to redevelopment within such a large land area. Therefore, a regulating master site plan is adopted to guide future redevelopment of the area.

Meeting Photo

 

The City of Decatur hosted an informational open house for all property owners within the area of the proposed rezoning on March 14, 2018 in the Community Meeting Room, Leveritt Public Works Building, 2635 Talley Street.  Over 40 people attended the open house to learn more about the zoning initiative.  Display boards and City staff were on hand to discuss the adopted LCI plans, the adopted Strategic and Comprehensive plans, the affects of the rezoning on different types of businesses, non-conforming uses, and the proposed regulating plan.

 

The City of Decatur Planning and Zoning staff will present the rezoning initiative to the Planning Commission at a public meeting on April 10, 2018.  The recommendation of the Planning Commission will then be forwarded to the City Commission for further consideration and action, currently scheduled during a public meeting on April 16, 2018.