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  • Monday, May 07, 2018 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NewZO is back on track—with some changes. NewZO is now an updated zoning ordinance for only the City of Savannah.

    Where We’ve Been… Previously, this process was known as UZO, or Unified Zoning Ordinance. UZO was a joint effort by the City of Savannah and Chatham County to update and unify their separate zoning ordinances. During the drafting process, it was determined that separate zoning ordinances for each jurisdiction would be easier to maintain and enforce. That decision led to a new name for the project: New Zoning Ordinances or NewZO.

    Where We Are Going… Only the City of Savannah is in the process of updating its zoning ordinance. Chatham County will maintain its current zoning ordinance. The term “NewZO” remains and will serve as the reference name for the ongoing process of updating the zoning ordinance and zoning map for Savannah.

    The latest zoning ordinance draft available to the public, Draft 3, is still a unified zoning ordinance that includes references to Chatham County. Work is underway on Draft 4, a zoning ordinance only for the city of Savannah. Draft 4 is anticipated to be released this spring and will be published on to this site once it is available. Draft 3 will remain on the website.

    The zoning map viewer used to show existing and proposed zoning districts has been updated and improved for greater functionality. For properties located within unincorporated Chatham County and other jurisdications located in the county, please visit SAGIS to view zoning districts as they are not available on the zoning map viewer.

    Visit the NewZO website here.

  • Sunday, May 06, 2018 5:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alderman Durrence will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center. 

  • Friday, March 30, 2018 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 4th annual Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5K will take place on Saturday, April 7, starting at 7:30am and will run through Savannah. The race will start at the intersection of Drayton St./Gwinnett St and finish inside of Forsyth Park, with live music and entertainment available for the public.

    Downtown residents, please visit this link to view which streets will be impacted and at what time (approximately) the streets will re-open to vehicular traffic:

    A map is provided below and available to download here:

    Concerns please contact:
    Rob Wells:
    Jonathan Sykes:

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Park Service's "Integrity and Condition Assessment," which recommends Savannah's National Historic Landmark District be placed on the “Threatened (Priority 1) List.” This means the city’s NHL District has suffered, or is in imminent danger of, a severe loss of integrity. Our aim in bringing this news to the forefront is to raise awareness and start an open exchange of ideas within the community so we can formulate a plan and work hard to get Savannah's district back on the "Satisfactory" list. Savannah was designated a NHL District over 50 years ago and is still one of the largest in the nation. With the help of area residents, advocates and our city leaders, we can preserve its status, beauty and significance for Savannahians and visitors to enjoy for generations to come.

  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018 8:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join Mayor Eddie DeLoach as he delivers his State of the City address on Monday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center (305 Fahm Street). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. You can also watch it LIVE on SGTV Channel 8 or at It will also be streamed live via the City's Facebook page.

  • Friday, February 02, 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Notice is hereby given that Jayu Patel for Savannah WOB, LLC t/a Savannah World of Beer, requesting transfer liquor, beer and wine (drink) with Sunday Sales from Ivan Lenoir at 112 W. Broughton Street, which is located between Whitaker Street and Barnard Street in District 2. The applicant plans to continue to operate as a restaurant. (New owner/existing business),will be heard at the meeting of City Council at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in the Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall.

    Anyone objecting to the issuance of this license may appear at that time and be heard.

    -- City of Savannah Luciana M. Spracher Acting Clerk of Council


    Notice is hereby given that Matthew Meece for Savannah Theatre Project, LLC. t/a Savannah Theatre, requesting to add beer ( drink) license to existing wine ( drink) license at 222 Bull Street, which is located between East Perry Street and East Hull District 2. The applicant plans to continue to operate as a theatre. (New request/existing business), will be heard at the meeting of City Council at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in the Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall.

    Anyone objecting to the issuance of this license may appear at that time and be heard.

    -- City of Savannah Luciana M. Spracher Acting Clerk of Council

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc. (DNA) is accepting proposals for 2018 Community Grants. Each year, the DNA invites community groups to apply for a Community Grant to help fund a project or initiative that will benefit the downtown area of Savannah.

    Funds raised through DNA’s Annual Holiday Tour of Homes support downtown Savannah’s Landmark Historic District in a number of ways. One of those is through the DNA's Community Grant Program.

    Community organizations seeking funds are asked to select one of the following categories as the primary basis for its proposal:

    • Beautification / Improvements in the Downtown Area 
    • Arts and Cultural Life
    • Youth Development 
    • Humanitarian Causes

    Proposals may be submitted online at or at Arrangements can be made for organizations who may need to submit a proposal in writing.

    The deadline for proposal submission is Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Organizations will be notified in late April of their proposal status. Grant awards will be distributed at the DNA’s Annual Meeting and Spring Picnic on Tuesday, May 9 at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. For questions concerning DNA’s Community Grant Program, email

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click on the links below to download / view the documents.

    >> Hotel Overlay Map

    >> Scott Barnard Architect's Presentation

  • Thursday, December 21, 2017 7:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to the following Boards, Commissions and Authorities: Civil Service, Downtown Savannah Authority, Ethics, Historic District Authority of Review, Housing Authority of Savannah, Savannah Hospitality Authority, and Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals.

    Applications can be found on the City’s website: and will be accepted beginning Thursday, December 21, 2017.  No applications will be accepted after noon on Monday, January 22, 2018.   


    • Three (3) members appointed to overlapping six (6) year terms by City Council. Basic function is to hear appeals from disciplinary action against an employee when it is alleged the action is taken for political or religious reasons.
    • The labor Seat should be filled by someone who is not a management-level employee: this person does not have to be member of a labor union. 
    • Members must be a Chatham County resident for at least five (5) years. 
    • No term limits. 
    • One (1) term available for appointment


    • Five (5) members, including the Mayor or member of City Council serving his/her term of office and four (4) City residents appointed to four (4) year terms by City Council, as well as a member of the Chatham County Delegation to the GA Legislature.
    • Encourages construction of new parking facilities and provides financial incentives for private projects which have economic benefits to the downtown area.
    • One (1) term available for appointment


    • The board will hear and conduct review of complaints filed against elected officials of the City; if such complaints involve impropriety of elected officials and violation of the provisions of the Ethics Ordinance, and if such violations affected the elected official’s ability to carry out his/her official duties.  Members shall be known for their personal integrity.
    • The Mayor shall appoint one (1) member; the Aldermen shall appoint one (1) member; together the Mayor and Aldermen shall appoint one (1) member who shall be an attorney in good standing with the State bar. 
    • Members must reside in the City and not be an elected official or City employee.  Board members shall be prohibited from engaging in City election, political activities, and from making campaign contributions to candidates in City elections during their terms as board members.
    • Members shall serve a four (4) year term. 
    • Three (3) terms available for appointment


    • Eleven (11) members appointed to three (3) year terms by Savannah City Council including one (1) small business owner with an architectural background. 
    • Makes decisions on new construction and any changes to historic structures in the City’s Historic District. 
    • One (1) term available for appointment


    • Established pursuant to general law O.C.G.A. 8-3-1 et seq. which creates a Housing Authority for each City and County.
    • The general law provides for a governing body of five (5) Commissioners serving a five (5) year term with one (1) appointment each year. Vacancies are filled for the unexpired terms.
    • Commissioners serve until a successor is named. The terms begin, on January 5th of each year. Any appointment after January 5th would be for the remainder of the term expiring on January 5th.  
    • The General Assembly of 1994 repealed all special legislation providing for additional Commissioners and Residents, thus the only Commissioners are the five (5) Regular Commissioners appointed pursuant to general law.
    • One (1) term available for appointment


    • Seven (7) members appointed to staggered four (4) year terms by City Council. 
    • Arranges the contractual agreements between Candler General Hospital and purchases of hospital authority bonds used to finance the building of their complex off DeRenne Ave.
    • Six (6) terms are available for appointment


    • Seven (7) members appointed to overlapping three (3) year terms by City Council. 
    • No term limits.
    • Members must reside in the City limits Members cannot hold public office, except for one appointee who must be a current member of the Metropolitan Planning Commission. 
    • Board hears and rules on appeals from decisions of the zoning administrator and hears and rules on requests for permits which require the board’s approval.
    • One (1) term available for appointment

    Upon completion of the appointment process by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah, all applicants and appointees will be notified.

    For further information, contact the Office of the Clerk of Council.  Telephone 651-6442, Fax 651-4260 or Email –

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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