Sandy Springs adopts 150-day rezoning moratorium

Sandy Springs has adopted a 150-day moratorium on applications for rezonings and special land use permits as it updates its zoning ordinance.

The City Council voted Tuesday to impose the moratorium, effective immediately, as staff rewrites the city’s development code as part of its Next Ten comprehensive land-use planning process.

“We have spent the past 18 months going through a community-wide process to develop the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and are in the midst of updating our development code to support that vision,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in a prepared statement. “All new requests need to align with the new planning, and this pause allows us to have the necessary development regulations in place.”

Public meetings on the revised code are scheduled to begin in March and continue in April, with final plans presented to the City Council for adoption this summer, officials said. This week’s Council action does not affect applications previously submitted and now being processed.