Local Issues & Legislation

Emory and the CDC Petitions to Annex Into Atlanta

After almost a year of discussion, last week, Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officially submitted a petition to be annexed into the City of Atlanta. Though filing separate petitions, the combined annexation would include Emory University, the CDC and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston hospital. This move will go down as one of the most significant changes in landscape for the City of Atlanta in decades.

Forsyth County Passes New Development Plan

On July 6, Forsyth County Commissioners unanimously voted in favor of adopting their Comprehensive Plan 2017-2037. Known as the “Foster Forsyth,” this will serve as Forsyth County’s blueprint for growth and development. It will also dictate any zoning, housing and economic development plans.

Atlanta Building Permit Change Approved
The Atlanta City Council approved an amendment to its building code allowing general repair work of $10,000 and below to be done without having to obtain a building permit. This will apply to existing single-family and multi-family homes, duplexes and non-residential buildings.
The Clock is Ticking on Flood Insurance Program
The Sandy Springs City Council voted to extend their 150 day moratorium on special land use permits (SLUP), gas stations and convenience stores to September 30. As reported in February, the Council put this moratorium in place in February to give the staff time to put in place their "Next 10" development plan.
Fulton County Corrects Property Tax Debacle

As a response to sky-rocketing property tax assessments in Fulton County, the County Commission voted to freeze the 2017 property tax assessments and revert back to the 2016 levels. After weeks of complaints from plenty of Fulton County property owners who received a huge surprise when they opened their 2017 Property tax assessments, Commissioners felt this was the best way to temporarily correct the problem.

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