Rev 12/28/18
City of Chamblee Development Department
5576 Peachtree Rd, Ste 102 • Chamblee, GA 30341 770-986-5010 chambleega.gov
ADMINISTRATIVE VARIANCE APPLICATION PACKET
Relief from strict compliance with the following regulations of the UDO may be reviewed and approved by the Planning
and Development Director:
(1) Front yard or street side yard - Variance not to exceed ten percent of the required setback. If contextual setbacks
are required, this relief may be granted for the minimum or maximum setback in the range. For additions to
existing residences for which contextual setbacks are required, the existing structure on the subject property may
be used in determining the required setback range.
(2) Side yard - Variance not to exceed 2.5 feet deducted from the required setback. In no case shall the structure
be located closer than five feet to the property line unless a variance is granted by Mayor and City Council.
(3) Rear yard - Variance not to exceed five feet deducted from the required setback in any district. In the NR-1
residential district, a variance for a rear addition to a principal structure may not exceed 120-square-foot.
(4) Building height - Not to exceed five feet for a mixed-use building built upon a parking deck or two feet for other
uses except single-family detached residential. This provision may not be used to reduce the required minimum
building façade heights set forth in Subsection 230-5(b) except in order to facilitate the adaptive reuse of an
existing building that the Planning and Development Director determines to be of exceptional architectural
character.
(5) Minimum required parking spaces - Reduction up to 5 percent or 10 spaces, whichever is less.
(6) Maximum required parking spaces - Up to 10 percent or 50 parking spaces, whichever is less.
(7) Reduction or increase in number of compact parking spaces - Up to 10 percent or 25 parking spaces, whichever
is less.
(8) Parking permitted in the front yard - Up to 50 existing parking spaces to be accessed from a single driveway
parallel to the street for adaptive reuse of an existing building.
(9) Fenestration - Variance not to exceed 10 percent of the required fenestration.
(10) Landscape zone - Variance not to exceed two feet deducted from the required minimum width.
(11) Sidewalk clear zone - Variance not to exceed two feet deducted from the required minimum width.
(12) Supplemental zone - Variance not to exceed two feet deducted from the required minimum width.
(13) Retaining wall or fence height. Variance for no more than two additional feet in height.
(14) Threshold elevation. Variance of no more than two feet from either the minimum or maximum elevation.
Application Requirements Checklist:
The following information and documentation must be received in order for an administrative variance submittal to be
deemed a complete application:
Completed Application Requirements Checklist
Administrative Variance Application form
Owner Permission Affidavit(s)
Pre-Application Form Signed by the Development Director
Redevelopment Assessment Form (if non-residential)
Legal Description of the property
Letter of Intent, that provides a project description and justification of how the project complies with the Review
and Approval Criteria in Section 280-40. Each of the following Criteria must be addressed by the applicant:
For non-parking related Administrative Variances:
(a) The Development Director shall have the authority to grant limited minor administrative variances from certain
provisions of this zoning ordinance unrelated to parking, where the Development Director determines that:
(1) The strict application of the requirements of this zoning ordinance would cause undue and unnecessary
hardship to the property owner or authorized agent; and
(2) The intent and continued integrity of the zoning ordinance can be achieved with equal performance and
protection of public interests through grant of the administrative variance.
For parking-related Administrative Variances:
(b) The Development Director shall have the authority to grant limited minor administrative variances from the
minimum parking space requirements listed in Section 250-2, where the Development Director determines
that:
(1) Because of unique circumstances including the shape, topography, soils and vegetation of the site, the
provision of the minimum or maximum number of required spaces would cause the applicant to suffer
unique and undue hardship.
(2) The site is located in an environmentally sensitive area, such as a water supply watershed, where
stormwater runoff should be minimized.
(3) The unique circumstances of the use make the minimum or maximum number of parking spaces
excessive for actual needs.
Site Plan (See attached Site Plan Checklist for requirements)
Administrative Variance Details sheet
Other materials reasonably required by the City necessary to the analysis of the application as determined at the
pre-application meeting or upon application submittal.
Application Fee ($250 + $50 for each additional Administrative Variance submitted under one application +
Advertising Fees)
Please submit the entirety of your application submittal electronically, saved in .pdf format with a maximum 50
MB file size, to Chambleedevelopment@chambleega.gov. No hard copies are required to be submitted. Fees can
be paid electronically via the link found at www.chambleega.gov/152/appications-and-forms.
Application Processing:
An application shall be considered complete and ready for processing only if it is submitted in the required format,
includes all required information and supporting documentation, and is accompanied by the application filing fee.
Applications deemed complete by the Development Director will be considered to be in the processing cycle and will be
reviewed by City Staff.
The Development Director shall make a decision for the application. The review time for an application is a maximum of
ten (10) business days. However, per Section 280-39, the final decision of the Development Director shall in no case be
made later than 60 days from the date of receipt of a complete application unless extended by agreement of the
applicant. The decision of the Development Director regarding an administrative variance shall state the reasons for
approval or denial and shall be considered the final decision.
Any person or entity aggrieved by an administrative decision may appeal the decision in accordance with the appeal
procedures in Chapter 280, Article 6, within 15 days of the administrative decision.
The current version of the UDO can be found at www.chambleega.com/160/zoning.
City of Chamblee Planning & Development Department
5576 Peachtree Rd, Ste 102 Chamblee, GA 30341 • 770-986-5010 chambleega.gov
ADMINISTRATIVE VARIANCE APPLICATION
PROJECT:
_____________________________________________________________________
Name of Project
_____________________________________________________________________
Property Address
_____________________________________________________________________
Brief Description of Project
_____________________________________________________________________
_________________________________
Zoning District
__________________ ______________ __________________ ______________
Total # of Properties Involved Total Project Acreage Total Number of Buildings Total area of buildings
OWNER:
_____________________________________________________________________
Name and Company
_____________________________________________________________________
Mailing Address City, State Zip Code
________________________ ________________________________________
Phone # E-mail
APPLICANT: Check here if Applicant is also the Property Owner
_____________________________________________________________________
Name and Company
_____________________________________________________________________
Mailing Address City, State Zip Code
_________________________ ________________________________________
Phone # E-mail
_______________________________________________________ _________________________
Applicant Signature
Date
I hereby certify that all information provided herein is true and correct.
NOTARY:
Sworn to and subscribed before me this ________ day of _______________________, 20________
Notary Public:
Owner Permission Affidavit
Subject Property Street Address:
Subject Property Tax ID number: 18 - - -
Owner:
Name (Person, Firm, Corporation, or Agency):
Mailing Address:
Phone:
Email:
Property Owner’s Agent (If applicable)
Name (Person, Firm, Corporation, or Agency):
Mailing Address:
Phone:
Email:
I am applying for, or I hereby give authority to the applicant to file an application for:
Owner/Agent signature Owner/Agent printed name
This instrument was signed before me on this date
County Georgia Notary Signature:
Affix seal/stamp as close to signature as possible
Rev 5/10/18
City of Chamblee Planning & Development Department
5576 Peachtree Rd, Ste 102 • Chamblee, GA 30341 770-986-
5010 chambleega.gov
Rev 12/28/18
City of Chamblee Development Departm
ent
5576 Peachtree Rd, Ste 102 Chamblee, GA 30341 • 770-986-5010 chambleega.gov
ADMINISTRATIVE VARIANCE DETAILS
Complete this page for the administrative variance(s) being requested. Full regulations may be found in Chapter 280,
Article 5 of the UDO.
FRONT YARD SETBACK
(a) Required Setback ________ ft
(b) Requested Setback ________ ft
(c) Difference (a - b) ________ ft
Variance Request (c / a) ________ %
SIDE YARD SETBACK
(a) Required Setback ________ ft
(b) Requested Setback ________ ft
Variance Request (a - b) ________ ft
SIDE YARD SETBACK
(a) Required Setback ________ ft
(b) Requested Setback ________ ft
Variance Request (a - b) ________ ft
REAR YARD SETBACK
(a) Required Setback ________ ft
(b) Requested Setback ________ ft
Variance Request (a - b) ________ ft
BUILDING HEIGHT:
(a) Maximum allowable height ________ ft
(b) Requested Height ________ ft
Variance Request (a - b) ________ ft
FENESTRATION
(a) Required Fenestration ________ sq ft
(b) Requested Fenestration ________ sq ft
(c) Difference (a - b) ________ sq ft
Variance Request (c / a) ________ %
LANDSCAPE CLEAR ZONE
(a) Required Minimum Width ________ ft
(b) Requested Width ________ ft
Variance Request (a - b) ________ ft
SIDEWALK CLEAR ZONE
(a) Required Minimum Width ________ ft
(b) Requested Width ________ ft
Variance Request (a - b) ________ ft
SUPPLEMENTAL ZONE
(a) Required Minimum Width ________ ft
(b) Requested Width ________ ft
Variance Request (a - b) ________ ft
MINIMUM PARKING SPACES
(a) Required _______ spaces
(b) Proposed _______ spaces
(c) Variance Request (a - b) _______ spaces
MAXIMUM PARKING SPACES
(a) Required _______ spaces
(b) Proposed _______ spaces
(c) Variance Request (b - a) _______ spaces
COMPACT PARKING SPACES
(a) Required _______ spaces
(b) Proposed _______ spaces
(c) Variance Request - Min. (a - b) _______ spaces
(d) Variance Request - Max.
(b - a) _______ spaces
PARKING IN FRONT YARD
Variance Request _______ spaces
RETAINING WALL OR FENCE HEIGHT
(a) Maximum Height Allowed ________ ft
(b) Requested Height ________ ft
Variance Request (b - a) ________ ft
THRESHOLD ELEVATION
(a) Minimum or maximum allowed ________ ft
(b) Requested elevation ________ ft
Variance Request (a - b) or (b-a) ________ ft
Rev 5/14/18
City of Chamblee Planning & Development Department
5576 Peachtree Rd, Ste 102 Chamblee, GA 30341 • 770-986-5010 chambleega.gov
Adm
inistrative Variance Site Plan Checklist
At a minimum, an administrative variance request shall include the following.
1. Site Plan of Existing Conditions. The site plan must be to-scale and include:
Parcel boundary
North arrow
Visual scale a minimum of 1”=100’
Location of streams and lakes affecting the property
Abutting streets, sidewalks, and rights-of-way
Existing building footprints, and other existing impervious surfaces such as driveways and
walkways
Location of permanent ground signs
Existing easements
Zoning setbacks dimensioned on the plan
Existing impervious surface area ratio calculation
Existing open space calculation provided (if non-residential)
Any applicable zoning buffers dimensioned on the plan
Additional information may be requested by Staff
2. Site Plan of Proposed Conditions. The site plan must be to-scale and include the following, clearly identified
with dimensions and materials:
Parcel boundary
North arrow
Visual scale a minimum of 1”=100’
Location of streams and lakes affecting the property
Abutting streets, sidewalks, and rights-of-way
Building footprints, and other impervious surfaces such as driveways and walkways
Location of permanent ground signs
Easements
Zoning setbacks dimensioned on the plan
Impervious surface area ratio calculation
Open space calculation provided (if non-residential)
Any applicable zoning buffers dimensioned on the plan
Additional information may be requested by Staff
Revised 5/15/18
City of Chamblee Planning & Development Department
5576 Peachtree Rd, Ste 102 • Chamblee, GA 30341 770-986-5010 chambleega.gov
Redevelopment Assessment Form
(Applied to all existing structures except for Single-Family Detached Residential structures,
as per Chamblee UDO Section 270-9)
PROPERTY ADDRESS: ______________________________________________________________
Assessment Conducted on: ____________________ (Date) By: ____________________________
PROJECT TYPE: (Check all that apply)
Renovation
Alteration
Addition
Repair
Other ______________________________________
THRESHOLD ASSESSMENT:
Total construction cost post renovation/improvement, cumulative: TCC = _________________
(Attach documentation for all improvements made over the last 3 years, see UDO Section 270-9.)
Fair Market Value of existing structure: FMV = _________________
(Attach DeKalb County Tax Assessor documentation for both entire site and individual building, or an
appraisal from a certified appraiser.)
Percent calculation: X = TCC/FMV = ________________
Mandatory compliance is not intended to result in total improvement costs greater than or equal to 125% of
FMV value but applicant shall meet items in order of priority listed in Section 270-9 of the UDO until the 125%
cap is met.
Assessment: (Check one)
Improvements not required because less than 40% improvement
> 40% > 60% > 70%
See Page 2 of this form for Redevelopment Thresholds Summary Table.
Redevelopment Assessment Form, Page 2
Redevelopment Thresholds Summary Table
Code to be applied
Less than
40%
40% or
more
60% or
more
70% or
more
Section 230-26 (Streetscape design)
Not
mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory
Section 250-7 (Parking)
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Mandatory
Section 230-27 Building architecture)
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory
Section 230-29 (Storefront Streets)
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory
Remaining provisions of Chapter 230, Article 2 (Civic
Design) not listed above
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Mandatory
Section 250-21 (Dumpsters)
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory
Remaining provisions of Chapter 250 (Off-Street Parking
and Loading Standards) not listed above
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Mandatory
Section 320-21 (Off-street surface parking lot planting
requirements)
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory
Remaining provisions of Chapter 320, Article 2 (Buffers)
not listed above
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Mandatory
Subsection 350-2(a)(1)b (Sidewalks crossing driveways)
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory
Remainder of UDO
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Not
mandatory
Mandatory
City of Chamblee Planning & Development Department
5576 Peachtree Rd, Ste 102 Chamblee, GA 30341 • 770-986-5010 chambleega.gov
INSTRUCTIONS FOR REQUESTING A PRE-APPLICATION MEETING
1. Amend the future development map
2. Amend the zoning map
3. Variance and/or waiver
4. Development of Community Impact (DCI)
5. Subdivide land
6. Addition to a commercial building
7. New commercial building
8. Any other application deemed necessary
Application Submittal and Review Process:
A. Complete a Pre-Application Information Form that contains a detailed description of the request.
B. Prepare Concep
t Plans and a Submit a PDF digital version that conveys the proposed project. These plans
may be conceptual in nature and do not need to be developed by a design professional. (Note: Individual PDF
files may not exceed 25 MB. Large files should be separated into individual PDF files not exceeding 25 MB.)
C. Submit the Pre-Application Instruction Form and Concept Plans to the Development Department in person
or via email to chambleedevelopment@chambleega.gov. The application and forms will be reviewed within (2)
two business days. Once the plans are reviewed, the Development Department will notify the applicant if an in-
person Pre-Application meeting is required. Note: If an in-person meeting is not necessary, then the Pre-
Application Meeting will take place during Building Permit submittal.
D. Attend a Pre-Application Meeting with the Development Department. The Development Department will
contact the applicant to schedule a Pre-Application Meeting. Feedback about the proposal along with an
overview of the application/review process will be provided during this meeting. The applicant should bring a
hard copy of the concept plans to the meeting.
E. Submit a Signed Copy of the Pre-Application Information Form with the formal application. When the
applicant is prepared to submit the full, complete application for the development activity or zoning process a
copy of this form is required to be submitted.
PRE-APPLICATION INFORMATION FORM SUBMITTAL CHECKLIST:
Complete Pre-Application Information Form
One PDF digital version of Concept Plans (Note: Individual PDF files may not exceed 25 MB. Large files should
be separated into individual PDF files not exceeding 25 MB.)
Rev 12/17
City of Chamblee Planning & Development Department
5576 Peachtree Rd, Ste 102 Chamblee, GA 30341 • 770-986-5010 chambleega.gov
Projects That Require a Pre-Application Meeting:
PRE-APPLICATION INFORMATION FORM
This page must be completed by the Applicant.
APPLICANT
_______________________________________________________________________________
Name
_______________________________________________________________________________
Company
_______________________________________________________________________________
Mailing Address Suite/Apt. # City, State Zip Code
_________________ _________________ _________________
Primary Phone # Alternate Phone # E-mail
PROJECT SUMMARY
_______________________________________________________________________________
Address of Project
_______________________________________________________________________________
Name of Project
_______________________________________________________________________________
Application Type (Rezoning, Building Permit, Land Disturbance, Variance, etc.)
______________________
Tot
al Project Acreage
Detailed Description (Include Proposed Use(s) and Square Footage of Floor Area for each use):
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________ Date: ______ / ______ / ___________
Applicant Signature
NOTE: This form must be signed by the Development Department and submitted with your application.
For Internal Use Only:
Pre-Application Meeting Date: _______________________
Staff Printed Name: _________________________ Signed: _________________________________
City of Chamblee Planning & Development Department
5576 Peachtree Rd, Ste 102 Chamblee, GA 30341 • 770-986-5010 chambleega.gov
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