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Regulatory Requirements

The downtown campus is currently zoned state property (SPI-1) by the City of Atlanta. Changes and additions to land uses and buildings on campus are not subject to city zoning approval, because, as a state entity, the university is exempt. As a practical matter, the campus facilities conform to zoning requirements. The Special Public Interest District (SPI-1) is the designation for the city’s central core. The purpose of this district is to promote and encourage appropriate land uses and urban design improvements that support the city’s goals for protection of principal views, pedestrian movement and access, reduction of pedestrian / vehicular conflict, lighting, and other goals. Density bonuses are allowed where specific open space amenities are provided. The SPI-1 overlay district is beneficial to Georgia State because it promotes civic responsibility in urban design. (See Figure 3.10)

Central Atlanta Progress is now working with the City of Atlanta to develop the “Downtown Livability Code,” which will refine and revise the current SPI-1 category. The code will provide standards for streetscape design, building design, and building-street relationships that should prove useful to future downtown campus facility development.

Site development activities on campus must comply with the Land Development Permit process administered by the City of Atlanta Department of Public Works. Application requires submission of required drawings and technical reports. The Land Development Permit review consists mainly of storm water management, sanitary sewer connection, potable water service, and traffic control requirements. Engineering calculations and data are required to substantiate utility and traffic needs.
Construction activities on leased properties must comply with City of Atlanta Building Permit protocol through the Bureau of Buildings. Since the director of this bureau is the City Fire Marshall, life safety review is part of the compliance. Upon building permit application, along with required forms, fees, and drawings, construction may proceed subsequent to approval of building design and a building permit being issued. The Building Inspector periodically evaluates work in progress at specific stages. Use of the building is allowed after the final inspection and issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.

The State Fire Marshall must also review the project and requires all relevant documents and calculations before written approval.