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Best Practices in Georgia Planning

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Design Guidelines

Develop design guidelines for specific areas of the community that establish aesthetic and development standards for all properties. These guidelines are intended to achieve an architecturally and physically cohesive character for the area, through setting standards for the appropriateness and impact of new buildings or rehab of existing buildings. Illustrations of desired building characteristics are perhaps the best way to communicate design guidelines to citizens and developers. Communities that want their design guidelines to be more than just advisory in nature may choose to establish a design review board to implement the design guidelines. This board will review architecture, aesthetics, and site characteristics of proposed projects to achieve compatibility with the design guidelines.
  • We'd like to avoid more sprawl (or unplanned) development
  • We'd like to improve the appearance of all, or parts of, our community
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