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Policy 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.

Background Information

State Georgia
Jurisdiction Name Decatur
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
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.

Environmental goal?
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.

Economic goal?
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.

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
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.

Includes definitions?
Yes

¶ 12.1.1

Addresses implementation?
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

Enforcement provisions?
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.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra 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.