City of Savannah holding meeting to discuss zoning overhaul

City of Savannah holding meeting to discuss zoning overhaul
(Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The city of Savannah is working to overhaul its current citywide ordinance for the first time in 60 years.

They hope to cut the current 70 plus ordinances down to only 30 so it's easier on city staff and the community.

The Metropolitan Planning Committee is meeting Wednesday night to present a draft of the new plan. The main reasons the city is updating their ordinance is to make it more concise and user-friendly. The city says it's going to be a learning process for everyone, but meetings like this one are being held for feedback so the city knows the best way to help you.

The city says the biggest challenge is accommodating everyone. Many people want to see more modern trends like Uber transportation, Air BnBs, and more parking options, but this is hard to do while following required historic codes, and when many residents here don't want to see change. The city says one of the biggest problems is the current outdated zoning ordinance has allowed some developments that have otherwise been prohibited if the ordinance was updated.

"Because our ordinance is not up to date, several different developments have occurred that have been inconsistent with our code and in some cases have slipped through the cracks," said Bridget Lidy, Director of Urban Design and Planning. "What we want to do is tighten those standards up and make sure we're moving forward with development patterns and zoning that's going to be appropriate to embrace these future trends that are coming down the pipeline."

Again, the city is opening the floor for feedback from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday night. We'll be attending that meeting and will break down what this new ordinance will mean for residents and businesses.

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