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Roswell proposing more mixed use under Unified Development Code
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
August 07, 2013 12:29 PM | 1165 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At best, zoning issues can be tricky to understand for anyone not familiar with the specific terminology and processes involved.

That’s why Roswell’s proposed new Unified Development Code, or UDC, could be a lot to digest for the average citizen. But city officials are doing everything they can to help the public understand it and then give feedback.

“Zoning is complex and the proposed UDC actually simplifies the convoluted code the city currently follows,” said Julie Brechbill, Roswell’s community relations manager. “We encourage our residents to go to the website and take a look at the draft of the proposed UDC. It’s easy to read and understand.”

Brechbill confirmed the UDC as it has been drafted does reflect a bit of a change in Roswell’s development philosophy.

“The city is proposing additional mixed use areas on the maps,” she said. “These maps are in draft form right now so nothing is set yet because we are looking for public input, hence all of the public meeting dates.”

There are several reasons for additional mixed use areas, Brechbill said.

“We are trying to reduce the number of overlays in our code because this adds to the convoluted and confusing zoning we now have. We have also heard many times from our residents that they want these areas redeveloped.

“And our residents have also told us they want more walkable communities where they can live, shop and dine without getting in their cars to drive there.”

The map at www.roswellgov.com/DocumentCenter/View/5526 gives an overview of what areas are being changed. To see the map showing the different categories of mixed use and where they are located, go to www.roswellgov.com/DocumentCenter/View/5527.

Roswell mailed 13,000 letters to property owners who will be affected by the proposed UDC as well as information about the proposed UDC and the public meetings to every household in Roswell through the utility bills.
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