Natural Resource Protection

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Learn more about how we work to protect the environment. If you don't see what you are looking for, use the search function on the website or let us know


The City of Sandy Springs employs arborists who enforce the Tree Conservation Ordinance and can provide citizens with guidance on tree removal requirements in the City of Sandy Springs.

River Corridor

The Chattahoochee River Corridor is any property within 2000 feet from the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The corridor plan limits the amount of impervious surface and clearing allowed on each property.

Streams and Creeks

A Stream Buffer is the 75-foot protection corridor along designated streams and bodies of water. Fifty feet of this is designated as undisturbed buffer. On the remaining 25 feet  (impervious setback), property owners can remove vegetation and grading, but will need a variance to build on this property.


The City addresses both water quality and water quantity issues through the Stormwater Management program.

Flood Zone

Flooding is the number natural disaster for residents of our area.  Due to Sandy Spring’s close proximity to the Chattahoochee River, many properties can be effected, while others will not. The City’s partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can help property owners determine their risk.

Litter and Graffiti

Community appearance is a priority, and the City enforces policies which prohibit litter and graffiti. 

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