Peachtree City drops “unnecessary” rezoning moratorium

After 20 years of annually renewing a blanket moratorium on multi-family rezoning, Peachtree City is dropping what the City Council decided was an “unnecessary” statute.

The council voted 5-0 at its Nov. 21 meeting not to renew the moratorium and instead focus on revising other aspects of current zoning rules. Article XIV of the city code was originally devised to prevent an influx of high-density development, claiming it would overburden resources related to emergency services, education, traffic and air quality. City Manager Jon Rorie said the moratorium raised legal and constitutional concerns for property owners. Planning & Development Director Robin Cailloux noted that property currently zoned GR already permits up to 25 units per acre.

Rorie said the city is “not advocating for more apartments,” and can manage development density through zoning definitions and reviews of individual rezoning applications.