Government Affairs Update
Forsyth County: In 2019, the Forsyth County Building Department will be hosting quarterly "Builder Meetings." The GAHBA would like to thank SR Homes, DR Horton, Lennar, Century Communities, and Edward Andrews Homes (apologies if anyone was left out) for attending last week’s meeting and helping to represent the home building industry.
Major takeaways from the meeting include:
• The county will continue to move towards more residential design standards.
• New Building Department permit fees will go into effect on January 1 with a 25% increase.
• Third party inspections will have a 48-hour turn around before you receive your final sign off. The 48 hours do not include the day it was submitted.
The GAHBA strongly encourages members to attend these meetings, and information will be sent out as it becomes available.
Cherokee County: Cherokee County Commissioner Bob Kovacs has tendered his resignation from the Commission. Kovacs was first elected to the county commission in 2016. His term runs through 2020. A special election will be held March 19 to select a successor to represent District 3. The qualifying period will begin on January 21 and run until noon on January 23.
Duluth: Duluth currently has several openings on the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. The GAHBA strongly encourages all interested members to apply.