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Best Practices in Georgia Planning

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Form-Based Codes

Adopt form-based codes for land development throughout the jurisdiction. Form-based codes rely on the principle that design is more important than land use. Rather than regulate by zoning (use) districts, form-based codes regulate development by the scale, siting (e.g., setback) and architectural characteristics of the buildings allowed on each lot. Form-based codes rely on a “regulating plan” which consists of a map that sets forth geographic divisions of the community and the desired development conditions and building characteristics for each district.
  • We'd like to improve the appearance of all, or parts of, our community
  • We'd like to provide more community gathering spaces
  • We'd like to streamline our local development review process
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