Government Affairs Update
Atlanta: Members of the Atlanta Tree Ordinance Task Force will be meeting with the City of Atlanta to discuss the rewriting the Tree Protection Ordinance. This is part of the GAHBA's strategy to ensure that builders have a seat at the table for the rewrite.
The City of Atlanta Watershed Department is experiencing delays with installing water meters in the southern part of Fulton County. The GAHBA is coordinating meetings with the department to resolve this issue.
DeKalb County: DeKalb County is beginning the process to update its tree ordinance within the coming months. The GAHBA will be monitoring this process to ensure builder concerns are taken into account.
The DeKalb County Planning Department plans to hire 25 new positions and restructure to better serve the development industry. The additional hires coupled with decreasing permit revenue could lead the county to raise permit fees
Forsyth County: At a special called session, the Forsyth Board of Commissioners agreed to all or parts of 13 of the 18 modifications to the proposed residential design standards requested by GAHBA builders. Of particular note, the land development sections of the proposed design standards were removed and will be addressed when the county writes their Tree/Storm Water Ordinance in the coming months.
The GAHBA would like to thank our members, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, and county staff for working so tirelessly on this issue. The Commission will hold another public hearing regarding this matter on June 6.
HB 493: HB 493 (Private Plan Review & Inspections Reform) has been signed into law! The Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG) supported this legislation, which shortens the time allowed for a plan review to 30 days. If 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.