Chatham-Savannah MPC to vote on latest zoning ordinance draft

Chatham-Savannah MPC to vote on latest zoning ordinance draft

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's been years in the making, and the city of Savannah could finally have a new zoning ordinance soon.

On Tuesday, the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission will vote on whether or not to send the latest draft to city council. They say this draft simplifies the city's zoning and allows for more effective development.

The executive summary of the latest zoning ordinance is more than 30 pages.

Over the last ten years, the Metropolitan Planning Commission has been meeting with the public and observing properties to create a more effective zoning ordinance for the city of Savannah.

The last time the city adopted a complete ordinance was back in 1960. The MPC says the city has changed a lot since then and it's time to create a more transparent zoning ordinance.

Due to the 1960s being a lot different than the 21st century, the MPC says the current ordinance has too many text documents making it hard to understand.

The executive director for the MPC says it's taking a lot of time to develop this latest draft because it's an important document that impacts everyone in the city.

"When you bought your house, that property could have been identified as open space. It could have been annexed and labeled medium density, so someone could buy it and put in a subdivision," said Melanie Wilson, Executive Director, Chatham-Savannah MPC.

A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the MPC office at 110 E State Street to discuss the latest draft. The public is invited to provide input.

If passed by the MPC, a public hearing discussing the new zoning ordinance with city leaders could happen later this month.

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