To reflect the decision to maintain the zoning ordinances for the city of Savannah and unincorporated Chatham County as separate zoning ordinances, the Unified Zoning Ordinance (UZO) has been renamed to NewZO, or New Zoning Ordinances.

Despite a new name, you’ll notice little difference in the process of drafting new zoning ordinances and zoning maps for both jurisdictions.  The draft will still appear as one ordinance for now—with differences for the city and county identified in the document—and one map.  Once a final draft is completed, the document will be separated prior to the final review and recommendation by the Planning Commission.  The Mayor and Aldermen of Savannah and the Chatham County Commission will then make the final decision on their respective zoning ordinances.

As we transition to a new name, updates to the NewZO website and to various documents related to this project will be made.  Again, only the name has changed; content and process remained unchanged.

You can use the NewZO website to learn more about this project to update the two half-century old ordinances and to see the draft zoning ordinance (Draft 3) and draft zoning map (UZOOM).  The zoning map provides links to existing and proposed zoning information.  A help document for UZOOM is available if you have questions.

If you have any questions or comments regarding NewZO, or if you would like to schedule a meeting with your group or association, we want to hear from you.  Please contact us at (912) 651-1499 or send an email to newzo@thempc.org .


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Watering Restrictions Still in Effect
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printable guide for the latest outdoor watering restrictions and ideas on how to conserve water.
Animal Control Ordinance Revisions (chickens and bees)

Savannah-Chatham Community Indicators Coalition
The Savannah-Chatham Community Indicators Coalition is a source of reliable, current community health and population data available to our Chatham County community. Armed with this knowledge, community leaders can develop policies and programs focused on addressing conditions reflected in the indicators and plan strategies for improvement. The topic areas and associated data include:

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  • Education environment
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  • Public safety
  • Social environment
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Final Round of Public Involvement for Total Mobility Plan

The CORE MPO is inviting the general public to provide input on the draft Total Mobility Plan. The public involvement process includes conducting a 60-day public review and comment period for the draft plan, conducting an on-line survey, and holding a series of public meetings in July and August to collect input. Please click here for details.


Reclaiming Old West Broad Street: The I-16 Exit Ramp Removal Study
The MPC has completed a feasibility study on removing the I-16 exit ramps at MLK Jr. Blvd. and Montgomery Street and has begun the second phase- the Interchange Modification Report.
Click here for for more information on the study.

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Chatham County - Savannah MPC is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Transportation Planner-MPO.
To view and comment about the city of Savannah's proposed Aldermanic Boundary changes, click here.
Draft 2 of the proposed New Zoning Ordinances (NewZO) is now available for public comment. Visit www.newzo.org for more information.

Current Zoning Information for the City of Savannah and Chatham County is available through our Zoning Information Portal Page.
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