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Posted on: January 11, 2024

City Adopts 90-day Moratorium on Residential Projects


The Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a resolution that imposes a three-month moratorium on the acceptance of applications for new buildings, additions and developments in residentially zoned parcels within the “downtown character” area, namely historic Old Town.

The 90 days will be used to evaluate current architectural standards outlined in the City’s Zoning Ordinance. Its purpose is to ensure that developers work in partnership with the City to preserve and create an architectural and aesthetic character that embraces the old with the new.

Going forward, the City will not accept applications for new buildings, additions or new developments on residentially zoned parcels in the downtown character area for three months. However, about 180 parcels zoned R1 or R2 in the character area may be subject to the moratorium.

Adopted Jan. 8, 2024, the measure doesn’t apply to the following properties within the downtown character area:

  • Property in the Mixed Use, Commercial Business, Office Industrial and Industrial Activity zoning districts.
  • Property in the Residential 1 or Residential 2 zoning district if the City has accepted your application for a new building, addition or development prior to Jan. 8, 2024.
  • Property that is zoned R1 or R2 if you have a city-issued demolition, site development, rezoning or special use permit issued within the last 24 months.
  • Property that is zoned R1 or R2 in which the owner needs a development permit or building permit to complete building maintenance or interior improvement of an

    existing structure to comply with maintenance regulations.

The City will work with the Lilburn Community Improvement District and a consultant in this endeavor.

Beauty matters.

For more information about the moratorium, please contact City Manager Jenny Simpkins at 770-279-3719 or

Download Official Press Release (PDF)

Download Downtown Character Area Map (PDF)

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