New interim development guidelines that encourage dense, mixed-use projects in certain areas were approved by Sandy Springs City Council Dec. 15. They apply to projects in Perimeter Center, the City Springs downtown area and parts of Roswell Road.

The guidelines give more precise definitions of “mixed use” than current zoning codes. They allow denser projects in exchange for such benefits as higher-quality materials, less parking and middle-income affordable units. The guidelines are only suggestions, not zoning code. They are “interim” until the new Comprehensive Plan, a land-use document now under revision, goes into effect in 2017.

Mayor Rusty Paul said the guidelines show “the kind of path we’re heading on when it comes to future development in Sandy Springs…It’s to try to raise the standards that we implement in this community.”

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