Development Code

The City regulates the use and development of land through a codified set of ordinances known as the Development Code and Technical Manual. These ordinances help the City regulate permitted uses, stormwater management, tree conservation, stream buffers, public facilities including roads, and more.

Development Code Update

Process Timeline



This is a timeline graphic for the Development Code Draft process. For additional information, please email nsasidharan@sandyspringsga.gov

Important Dates at City Hall

November 13, Monday - Planning Commission Public Hearing  
December 5, Tuesday - Mayor & City Council Public Hearing


About the Development Code Update

The development code is a set of regulations that govern land use and the built environment within the city. It includes rules about building height, lot size, building setbacks, land uses, and the zones where they are most appropriate, and many other development characteristics.

The development code is updated periodically to reflect changes in the community and to ensure that it is consistent with the city's goals for growth and development. The subject major update is a critical component of the Community Work Program in The Next Ten, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which called for a comprehensive review of the Development Code. The proposed modifications to the Development Code will be presented to the Planning Commission in November for its recommendation to the City Council. The City Council is expected to consider the proposed modifications in December. 

Click here for the summary of the Comprehensive Development Code Review presented to the City Council on September 19, 2023. 

Public Input

Public input is essential to the Development Code update process. By providing feedback, residents can help to ensure that the Development Code reflects their values and priorities.

There were several ways the to provide feedback on the proposed Development Code modifications:

  • A Public Information Open House was held on September 26 to discuss proposed updates to the Development Code.
    Presentation slides
    Display Boards
    Video recording
  • Attend the Planning Commission Meeting on Monday, November 13.
  • Attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 5.


Listed below are all the Development Code FINAL DRAFT documents:

CDCR Final Draft Administration: Articles 1, 11, 12

CDCR Final Draft Districts: Articles 2, 3, 4, 5

CDCR Final Draft General Rules: Article 6   

CDCR Final Draft Uses: Article 7

CDCR Final Draft Div. 7.2 Allowed Uses

CDCR Final Draft Development Standards: Articles 8, 9, 10

CDCR Public Review Draft Enhanced Community Benefit List

CDCR Post-Open House Summary Changes


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