Planning and Zoning

Land use and zoning policies adopted by the City Commissioners have been designed to protect, preserve and enhance the city's residential neighborhoods and to encourage higher density residential and mixed-use development in downtown Decatur and the city's other commercial areas.

Decatur has had some form of zoning restrictions since 1925. In 1988 a comprehensive land use and zoning plan was prepared by the Planning Commission and approved by the City Commissioners. This plan is designed to serve as a guide for future land use and zoning decisions. The comprehensive land use and zoning plan is reviewed and amended periodically to reflect changing conditions and community goals.