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January 4, 2018 City Council Regular Meeting
Motion to Amend Sec. 8-3030 of the Zoning Ordinance to Provide Clarity, Correct Errors and Strengthen Design Standards in the Savannah Historic District (Petitioner: Planning Commission)

MPC Staff, Petitioner (File No. 17-006200-ZA), has proposed text amendments to the Historic District Ordinance (Sec. 8-3030) that will serve to:

1) Correct typographical errors;

2) Clarify definitions;

3) Add/revise standards to address changing technologies;

4) Allow ‘R’ zoning districts outside the Landmark District to qualify for a bonus story;

5) Strengthen the bonus story criteria, particularly in regards to the ‘active use’ criterion;

6) Add additional standards for large-scale development;

7) Provide the Historic District Board of Review (HDBR) some flexibility in the strict application of certain standards;

8) Strengthen the standards applicable to Monumental Buildings to ensure the protection of the Oglethorpe Plan;

9) Revise the boundaries of the “Factors Walk Character Area” to reflect the historical boundaries of Factors Walk; and

10) Require that amendments to the Historic District Ordinance are reviewed by the HDBR in addition to MPC and City Council.

On December 12, 2017, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed revisions.



Shane Corbin, Zoning Administrator
Financial Impact
Review Comments
Savannah Historic District Ordinance Text Amendment 20171212 Planning Commission Recommendation 17-006200-ZA.pdf
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