Planning and Zoning

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The City’s Planning and Zoning Division is responsible for the implementation of rules and regulations found in the City’s Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan related to the development of property. In addition, the Division's staff encourage community involvement by holding monthly informational meetings which are open to the public.

Petitions Under Consideration

You can view petitions currently under consideration using an interactive map.

Planning Boards, Commissions and Community Meetings

Members of the public can learn about petitions by attending Community Meeting. Depending on the petition type, they are reviewed by the Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, and the Mayor and City Council.

Filing Petitions

When proposed development in Sandy Springs falls outside of approved land uses, it is necessary to petition the City. These petitions include Rezonings, Use Permits, Zoning Modifications and Variances. It may also be necessary to Appeal a prior decision.

Planning and Zoning Resources

On our Planning and Zoning Resources page you will find information regarding the following items:


New Procedures - Updated April 2016

At the request of City Council, the Planning and Zoning Division has implemented new procedures for land use petitions (rezoning, zoning modifications, and use permits) in order to promote an improved level of transparency in the planning and development process.

On April 21, 2016, proposed text amendments to the City’s zoning ordinance were presented to the Planning Commission.

Please see the packages below for individual text amendment background information, draft markups, and draft ordinances, as presented to the Planning Commission on April 21, 2016.

During its Dec. 15, 2015 meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council adopted a set of interim guidelines setting expectations related to land use, density, parking, public space and the quality of projects for those wishing to rezone property or apply for a use permit within the city. The provisional guidelines are intended to assist until updates to the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan are completed in early fall 2016.

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