NewZo

After several years and a great amount of community input, the final version of the City of Savannah’s new zoning ordinance and zoning map is in the final stages of approval.

We've created informative video to give you an overview if you are unfamiliar with NewZO.

After several years and a great amount of community input, the final version of the City of Savannah’s new zoning ordinance and zoning map is in the final stages of approval.

We've created informative video to give you an overview if you are unfamiliar with NewZO.

Zoning is a pretty confusing and dry topic. Luckily, we've got the most upbeat and fun Urban Planner in the land. Bridget makes zoning fun, interesting and easy to understand. Let's banter with Bridget! 

Q&A

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  • I was very disappointed when I saw the new zo zoning map. I saw First African Baptist Church and Ship of the Sea Museum identified but not First Bryan Baptist Church. This historic site is the oldest continuous black baptist church in America. There are historic documents to prove this statement. It has a historic marker and on the national register. Why is this historic property constantly not being properly identified as all other historic properties on all maps provided by the City of Savannah or Chatham County?

    Edna1949 asked about 2 months ago

    The omission of First Bryan Baptist Church is due to labeling from the ESRI topographic map page.  These labels do not come from SAGIS but are commercially sourced by ESRI for their base maps.  On the NewZO map SAGIS provided the ability to change base maps from the ESRI Topographic map to other options.  If you choose the Google option First Bryan is there.  ESRI typically updates their maps in the spring but they are offering a program for users to make their own changes.  We signed up and added First Bryan and we should be seeing the label in 3 weeks. 


  • Dear Bridget, I live on Rivers End Dr and Hurst Ave off Montgomery Crossroads. We are currently listed R-6, I think single family. Will that change with the New Zo. Thanks, Pat Powers

    Pat Powers asked 5 months ago

    Hi Pat, Hurst Ave is still zoned R-6. You can check using the interactive map

  • Hey Bridget, can you talk a little about how NewZo will affect the Waters Avenue corridor?

    BaldwinParkMama asked 5 months ago

    Hi Baldwin Park Mama, one new feature with NewZo is the use of the classification called "Traditional Commercial District" outside of the Thomas Square Street Car District which was the only area to hold this title. 

    This classification sets standards that combine to create a "main street" character in these districts. These standards include development standards that emphasize pedestrianism and the continuation of historic development pattern. We see this classification promoting a healthy redevelopment of the Waters Avenue commercial corridor while protecting the historic neighborhoods that make up this area.