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Decatur Diary | April 21, 2014

The Missing Middle: UDO meeting April 23 explores new zoning categories

The Strategic Plan’s goals for a more diversified housing mix reflect a gap — what we’re calling the missing middle — between our predominantly single-family residential and our downtown. This session explores the idea of transitional districts to accommodate things like live/work units, downtown-friendly townhouses, small-scale apartment buildings, neighborhood-scaled mixed use, cottage courts, and more, and gauges the circumstances under which such solutions might make sense...

Decatur Diary | April 18, 2014

Greening Up: Meeting explores UDO’s sustainability options

Among the community priorities to emerge during 2010’s Strategic Plan effort was sustainability. Specifically, Principle C of the adopted plan, which states “Serve as good stewards of the environment and community resources” and, beneath that, Task 12B, which instructs city leadership to “update and create a unified land development ordinance that requires sustainable building practices throughout the community...”

Decatur Diary | April 11, 2014

Green Performance: UDO meeting considers sustainability April 16

While the bulk of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) project is cleaning up and better organizing our existing codes, it also presents opportunity to dig down into certain areas that have been identified by the community for further study. On Wednesday, April 16, that digging will lead us to focus on issues related to sustainability: high performance buildings, outdoor lighting standards, and parking...

Decatur Diary | March 27, 2014

The Rundown on Runoff: Residents gather to discuss stormwater

Resisting the urge to describe the subject matter as “dry,” engineering consultant Bob Williams began last night’s presentation with an acknowledgement of the obvious: stormwater is not an especially exciting topic for most people. And yet, perhaps unsurprisingly here in Decatur, a healthy crowd turned out nonetheless -- drilling down on some key issues, speaking one-on-one with specialists, even staying late...

Decatur Diary | March 22, 2014

Mopping Up: UDO Stormwater meeting Wed., March 26

As the densest city in Georgia, Decatur’s all too familiar with the challenges presented by stormwater. Clearly, our ability to grow and develop is crucial to many of our long-term community goals -- from aging-in-place, to broader diversity, to supporting our schools and services with sound economic strategies -- but that doesn’t make the water go away...

Decatur Diary | March 13, 2014

Community Character: Regulate or don’t regulate? And if so, how?

Drilling down on unresolved issues associated with the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) got underway last night as roughly 50 residents, staff and elected officials gathered to consider the idea of community character: What it is, if it matters, and how/if it should be regulated. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a Decatur audience, sentiments were diverse -- very diverse -- from increased control over details like house size and lot coverage to loosening up regulations currently in place to removing some regulations altogether...

Decatur Diary | March 10, 2014

Time to Drill Down: UDO Community Character meeting Wed., March 12

On March 3, the city commission approved Phase Two of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) process, clearing the way for our next steps: drilling down on currently unresolved issues; and preparing a comprehensive draft for community review...

Decatur Diary | January 9, 2014

Residents Affirm UDO Approach: Next step, commission go-ahead

The front-end work of the city's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) effort took another step forward last night as roughly fifty residents gathered to review and affirm the project team's work-in-progress. In the weeks since the last UDO meeting, resident and business input has formed the basis for exactly which areas of the code need fine-tuning and, for each, provided a general sense of how to do so...

Decatur Diary | January 6, 2014

UDO Recommendations: Join us January 8 for all the latest

Last November, Decatur residents and business owners gathered to discuss what is and isn’t working with our zoning and development regulations. Specifically, they identified areas where the things we say we want aren’t supported by the rules we have in place, and offered up a host of ideas for improvement...

Decatur Diary | November 22, 2013

Ideas at Work: Residents set direction on UDO issues

Following a brief introductory presentation at November 14’s kick-off meeting for the Unified Development Code, attendees were asked to provide their own perspective and ideas on just what is and isn’t working with Decatur's growth regulations. They did not disappoint...
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