"Chamblee envisions a city developing to meet the needs of its citizens without compromising the ability of natural, social, and economic systems to provide for future residents."
- One Chamblee Comprehensive Plan, 2020
The City of Chamblee recognizes that protecting our natural resources, promoting conservation, and supporting walkable and energy efficient development is important to quality of life and economic resilience. To become a regional leader in sustainability, Chamblee will implement recommended actions from its adopted master plans, such as:
- Promoting developments are environmentally sensitive and protect valuable resources (natural and cultural)
- Ensuring adequate high-quality water through protection of ground and surface water resources.
- Continuing to support and develop enhanced solid waste reduction and recycling initiatives.
- Encouraging sustainable policies, practices, and programs to better protect the natural environment for the health and well being of future generations.
To read all recommended action plans in effect, click on your desired Cover Page below:
Unified Development Ordinance
The city enforces the Unified Development Ordinance that provides thresholds for bringing existing structures into zoning compliance, so as to guide development toward the visions as outlined in the city’s comprehensive plans. Some of the best practices in sustainability upheld by Chamblee’s code include:
- All construction projects are required by Chief Building Official to conduct duct leakage, blower door tests and complete house wrap inspections to ensure the structures that are being erected are meeting efficiency requirements. See the Permits and Inspections page for more details.
- One over-story tree is required for every eight parking spaces and each space must within 40 feet of a tree to support adequate shade coverage in surface parking lots.
- Electric vehicle charging stations are required for commercial projects over a specified size. In addition, buildings more than 20,000 square feet are required to be LEED certified.
- Shared parking for complimentary uses is permitted and reduced parking requirements are available for transit oriented developments. Parking over the minimum requirement must be constructed of permeable paving.
On May 16, 2017, a framework of sustainability policies was adopted by the Chamblee City Council and Mayor. The policies established a baseline of formal governance and environmental stewardship goals, and formally declared the city’s ambition to become a regional leader in sustainable development and operations. Many of these elements have been integrated into comprehensive plans adopted after 2017. As such, implementation of these policies continues to guide daily decision making.
In 2019, the Atlanta Regional Commission recognized the City of Chamblee’s commitment to sustainability, upgrading the city from Bronze Level to Gold Level under their Green Communities Program. This program recognizes exceptional work in the areas of development, community engagement and parks and recreation. Through holistic implementation of our sustainability policy framework, zoning codes, initiatives and adopted city plans, the city’s hopes to move closer to attaining "Platinum" Status.
To read the all 2017 Sustainability Policies adopted by Council, click on the icons above or download all HERE.
To access Staff Training / Sustainability Chamblee Presentation, click HERE.
To access the Local Waters Awareness Packet, click HERE.