On Thursday, July 18, the proposed New Zoning Ordinance (NewZO) passed 8-1 at City Council for adoption. We are excited that the old ordinance adopted in 1960 is now in the history books!. The NewZO is more efficient, more transparent, and is more consistent both with today’s development patterns and our vision for future growth as expressed in the Comprehensive and Strategic Plans.
NewZO supports both healthy eating and active living by promoting a healthy built environment. Please join us in thanking our aldermen for taking this critical step forward. Email or call your representatives today and thank them for adopting NewZO.
Health starts where we live, learn, work, and play!
Everyone should have choices that will lead to a long, healthy, life regardless of where they live. The City of Savannah recently published a draft New Zoning Ordinance (NewZO) for public comment. Learn more at NewZO.org. NewZO is an important opportunity to help our community be healthy.
Healthy Eating: People who live close to places to buy healthy food are more likely to have better eating habits, reduced obesity, and better health. Locally, one in four children lives in a neighborhood without access to healthy food.
Active Living: When children can walk to school, parks, and playgrounds, they are more likely to be healthy and do better in school. Physical activity reduces the risk of illness and chronic disease – and – improves mental health and wellness.
To promote thriving neighborhoods, the New Zoning Ordinance (NewZO) must: Promote mixed-use, promote diverse housing types and appropriate housing density, create a connected street network for all users by making Complete Streets our standard, and promote small scale development to support neighborhood stability and character. READ MORE HERE