The Office of Zoning and Development received requests for more clarity on the ATL Zoning survey questions and I wanted you to have that information.
The deadline for submitting the survey (online or by mail) is December 18th. If you received the paper survey, you may still submit it using the envelope provided. If you prefer to do the survey online, you may do so at ATLZoning.com (instructions attached).
From The Office of Zoning and Development:
Below are summaries of what each theme is asking. The question states the concern, offers a solution, and then asks some questions.
Theme A: Zone Strings. The current zoning districts are explained, and each part of the zone string is explained. The Zone string is explained as a way to customize zoning based on neighborhood standards rather than the "one-size-fits-all" districts we have today. For example, all lots of zoned R-2 must be a single dqelling on a 1-acre lot with 150 feet of frontage. The question asks if you think using a string is appropriate. For more explanation on a zone string, Idea Lab 4 and Workshop are a good resource
Theme B: Existing Patterns. The current districts are explained and potential solutions. The questions provide a graphic and then a question. Currently lot sizes and setbacks are set and can only be altered by a variance. The question proposes is a sliding scale appropriate why? Or why not?
Theme C: Frontages. This question seeks to understand what stakeholders’ desires are on how a building approaches a street. No blank walls or in residential districts requiring stoops and porches.
Theme D: Parking Decks. How should parking garages look. Should there be active uses up to a certain floor so there is always activity on the street?
Theme E. Floor Area Ratio. All zoning districts have a bulk requirement iterated in FAR. The problem is stated, the only way for a building to change use is through a rezoning, however in mixed use districts a rezoning allows more FAR than is usually used. The solution may be updating the FAR, so it is flexible to reflect the development.
Theme F. Height. Height as stated in the zoning districts today has some issues. There are solutions proposed and then what do you think about those solutions.
Theme G. Transition Standards. Buffers and heights required next to protected districts. Are those standards really protecting those districts. Can they be better.
Theme H. Open Space. All districts require open space whether it is iterated as front yard set back in a R district or gathering area in a multifamily district. However, the code today doesn’t always create meaningful open space.
Please remember that the questions are asking you to think about the code generally and not about specific zoning districts or areas of the city. These questions are seeking to understand how stakeholders think the code should operate globally. All the terms that are use in the worksheet FAR, height, frontage, buffer, transitional, LUI, etc. can be found in the zoning code today. Please feel free to share this response with anyone that is taking the survey.