How does the updated Land Use Plan strengthen guidance on multi-family housing? How does the new guidance on multi-family compare to the guidance in the prior Land Use Plan?

The Land Use Plan includes formal direction on multi-family housing that has not been included before in the Comprehensive Plan. The Land Use Plan provides guidance for stronger restrictions on multi-family development, including:

  • a definitive statement that no new standalone, single-use, multi-family residential development within the city should be approved;
  • policy direction on the appropriate proportion of multi-family units (condo-ownership or rental) is envisioned to be not more than 12 percent of the total housing units in the city and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) at any one time;
  • limiting to specific types of development where this style of housing is appropriate to be located; and
  • particular design features to focus on the integration within an overall development.

In comparison, the City’s current R-4 (multi-family) zoning district regulations reflect previous policy guidance regarding stand-alone multi-family housing, from the 2004 Land Use Plan - including that there should be no more than 20 dwelling units per acre and a maximum of 200 units at any single location.  No vacant R-4 zoned property exists in the city limits today and the updated Land Use Plan recommends no new standalone, single-use, multi-family residential development within the city should be approved.  

Additionally, the updated Land Use Plan provides clear guidance for PDs, limits the specific locations within the city that such residential development should be allowed, and subjects any new multi-family residential to an overall citywide proportion as well as site-specific guidance.

As a note, the majority of existing multi-family apartments and condos in the city today were not developed in accordance with previous Land Use Plan policies or R-4 zoning regulations, as they were built prior to being annexed into the city or prior to the multi-family zoning regulations being adopted.

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1. What is the Land Use Plan?
2. What is a Comprehensive Plan?
3. If a proposed development follows the guidelines in the Land Use Plan, does that mean it will automatically get approved and no one can oppose it?
4. How does the Land Use Plan address developments’ impact on schools?
5. When will all the "redevelopments" proposed in the Plan be built?
6. What is an Activity Center?
7. How does the updated Land Use Plan strengthen guidance on multi-family housing? How does the new guidance on multi-family compare to the guidance in the prior Land Use Plan?
8. If a regional activity center is built on Tract 5, University Boulevard & US 59 by Smart Financial Centre- will Ditch H be able to handle the run-off? Will Telfair flood because of this development?