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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  • Why all property owners in the opportunity funding zone area was not notified by the City of Savannah about the opportunity funding officer from HUD visiting Savannah in advance? Why all property owners in the opportunity funding zone was not inform on how to obtain incentives for projects? F rom the news it appears as only a certain group of people was invited. Why the practice of discrimination?

    Edna1949 asked 5 months ago

    The meeting with the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council was designed to be an initial roundtable discussion with a small group of local stakeholders. However, the meeting was just a first step in the community engagement process, and the City is putting together committees for each Opportunity Zone, which will allow a larger group of residents, property and business owners, and community leaders to learn about the program and provide feedback on the needs and opportunities unique to each zone. Anyone interested in joining an Opportunity Zone committee can contact Manny Dominguez, Business Opportunity Director, at 912-652-3582.


  • 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 7 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 10 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 10 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.