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Best Practices in Georgia Planning


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Cottage Zoning

Create an ordinance to allow very small single-family houses ("cottages") of 600-1,000 square feet in appropriate districts of the community. A cottage takes up a lot about half the size of a conventional new house, and its impact, in terms of traffic, stormwater, etc., is also about half. Cottages fill a need for affordable housing, especially for empty-nesters, retirees, young couples, or any 1-2 person household.
  • We'd like more affordable housing in our community
  • We'd like to increase the mix of housing (by size, type, and price range) in certain neighborhoods
  • We'd like to promote development of housing with convenient access to major employers
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