Local Issues & Legislation

South Metro Development Outlook Conference Outlines Development in Southern Region

Over 700 participants attended the 2018 South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) Conference on February 22 where they were able to learn about current economic development projects as well as get a forecast of the future growth in the South Metro Region.

Dunwoody Creates Affordable Housing Task Force

Just as several metro cities have done recently, the City of Dunwoody has turned its eye to take a close look at affordable housing. At recent retreat of the Mayor and Council, the Council voted to create a task force to study workforce housing, but there was some strong opposition, including the Mayor.

City of Cumming Approves Impact Fee Study

The City of Cumming voted to approve a bid by Duncan Associates to perform an impact fee study. This vote also included a moratorium on accepting building permit applications for six months or until the study is complete. However, during the moratorium, a developer may move forward with a project, if they pay the impact fees.

Sandy Springs Fights "Sticks Bill"

The Georgia State House passed H.B. 876 (know as the "Sticks Bill") which would preclude local jurisdictions from prohibiting the use of wood in new construction, bringing cities like Sandy Springs into an uproar. If passed in the Senate and signed into law, this would essentially void a Sandy Springs building code that requires "all new buildings more than three stories or 100,000 square feet to be constructed with concrete or other nonflammable material and not wood."

Scott Selig Honored by Georgia State Senate

On Friday, February 23, the Georgia State Senate Honored Scott Selig with a resolution for his "leadership and philanthropic contributions to the development community."

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