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Forsyth County Design Standards: The Board of Commissioners voted to delay action on the proposed residential design standards in Forsyth County until June 6. The Commission will host a special work session in April or May for stakeholders to present their concerns.

The GAHBA has worked with a coalition of builders, association partners, and the Board of Commissioners to ensure stakeholders concerns are heard, and the association is grateful to the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners for their willingness to continue this conversation.

Be on the lookout for additional information as it becomes available. For more information, contact Stephen Davis at (678) 775-1428 or sdavis@atlantahba.com.

 

Private Plan Review & Inspections Reform: Under current law, applicants for a building permit are allowed to engage a private plan reviewer or inspector if the local permitting authority cannot provide service within 30 business days.

The Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG) supported legislation to shorten the time allowed for a plan review to 30 days. If the local staff cannot provide the service within the 30-day window, an applicant is only responsible for 50% of the fee before engaging a private provider. Additionally, the bill provides a pathway for an applicant to engage a private provider immediately, even if a local authority can provide service within the 30-day window, provided the applicant is willing to pay 100% of the required fee to the local authority.

The bill, HB 492, passed the Senate unanimously on March 26 and passed the House on March 29. It is currently on its way to the Governor's desk to be signed into law.

 

Prohibition on Local Residential Design Restrictions: HBAG supported HB 302, a bill which would remove a local government's ability to enact residential design restrictions on new homes. Unfortunately, the bill did not make the Crossover Day deadline.

Through the hard-fought efforts of HBAG, the State House created the House Study Committee on Workforce Housing. The committee will be made up of five members of the State House and will hold up to five meetings. The meetings will examine the effects of local government mandated residential design restrictions on the price of new homes. The study committee will hear expert testimony from industry stakeholders, including homeowners, builders, developers, county and municipal regulatory agencies, affordable housing advocates, and other interested parties.

If you have personal experience with locally enacted residential design mandates that you'd like to share with the House Study Committee on Workforce Housing, contact Stephen Davis at (678) 775-1428 or sdavis@atlantahba.com.

 

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