Friday, October 05, 2012

Milton wins award for Crabapple code work.

From left, Caleb Racicot of plan partner Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh and Associates, Milton Community Development Director Kathleen Field, Milton City Manager Chris Lagerbloom, Allison Duncan of the Atlanta Regional Commission and Milton planners Michele McIntosh-Ross and Robyn MacDonald.


The City of Milton won the "Outstanding Plan Implementation" award at the Georgia Planning Association Chapter Awards Sept. 28 for its work on the Crabapple Form Based Code and Transfer of Development Rights Ordinance.

After six months of stakeholder meetings and two months of administrative work, the ordinance was adopted June 18 by City Council. The vote capped more than two years of work to create the vision and framework for an ideal Crabapple. These two zoning tools mean Milton can now create a uniform, community-approved aesthetic in the area while protecting the surrounding open spaces from development.

Milton is the only jurisdiction to embed the transfer of development rights into a Form Based Code ordinance. Since the successful adoption, the planning team has been asked to speak at the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia State University. So far the response has been favorable because of the ordinance's transferability for use by other jurisdictions.

To view new laws, click here.

For more information on form-based code and transfer of development rights, contact City Planner Robyn MacDonald at 678-242-2540 or

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