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Decatur, Ga., Code, Part IV, § 4.6. ¶ 4.6.4 (current through Feb. 7, 2019)
Brief Summary
This law sets open space development requirements for the jurisdiction's "MU Mixed Use District." Among other things, it allows community gardens and rooftop garden installations as permissible "open space" uses.
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Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
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Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow
State: Georgia
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Decatur
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. See references to "walkable," "pedestrian-scaled," and "play opportunities" in the context of the general "purpose" provision for the M-U Mixed Use District. ¶ 4.6.1.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Unclear. See e.g., references to "walkable, pedestrian-scaled environments" and the term "sustainable" in the context of the general "purpose" provision for the M-U Mixed Use District. ¶ 4.6.1.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Unclear. See references to "redevelopment, "commercial areas," and "work " in the context of the general "purpose" provision for the M-U Mixed Use District. ¶ 4.6.1. It is unclear how these may relate to the open space requirements in this law.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "The purpose of the mixed-use district is to promote the redevelopment of existing single uses in commercial areas into vibrant and sustainable mixed-use communities combining residential, retail and office uses; to promote diversity in housing and commercial options; to create walkable, pedestrian-scaled environments that accommodate and encourage multiple modes of transportation; to provide opportunities to add a variety of open space amenities; to provide a framework for shared infrastructure; and to improve the quality of life by providing live, work, and play opportunities based on regulating master site plans developed for a specific area." § 4.6.1.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. ¶ 12.1.1.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Unclear. Various general duties under for administering the Urban Development Code are assigned to the UDO (Urban Development Ordinance) Administrator, the Zoning Administrator, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Commission, the City Commission and other bodies. ¶ 11.1.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Unclear. Specific penalties are located outside of the Urban Development Ordinance ("Any person guilty of a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided in Section 1-12 of the Code of Ordinances.") ¶ 11.4.5.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Paragraph 4.6.4, of section 4.6 is located in Part IV - Unified Development Ordinance of the City of Decatur, Georgia, Article 4. - Mixed Use and Commercial Districts, Sec. 4.6. - MU Mixed-Use District. History: enacting/amending ordinances are not specified.