Grovetown officials approved Monday the first reading of an ordinance that will drastically change
the look of growth in the city.
The second reading and approval of the ordinance describing the city’s new form-based zoning code is expected at the May 12 meeting, said Grovetown City Planner Frank Neal.
“It basically creates a new zoning code, a form-based code, and it’s replacing the older existing code,” Neal said.
The existing code is simply use-based. The new code is based on the form, the design, of developments, encourages multi-use properties and requires specific design criteria.
The new code was a goal of the city’s Growth Management Plan and the Urban Redevelopment Plan, which focuses on development in certain areas of the city to include the older downtown residential areas and the commercial corridors of Robinson Avenue and Wrightsoro Road.
“It’s not only to manage future growth, but how it looks in the future,” Neal said of the new code.
The new code was written based largely on input from city residents at public meetings.
“It’s what people wanted our city to look like in the future,” Neal said.
Neal said several residential and commercial developers have already agreed to design their projects based on what is still the new draft code.