Thank you for reading the first edition of The Perimeter Perspective; the Monthly Newsletter of your Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s Government Affairs Committee.


  • The City recently held two public listening sessions regarding the Tree Protection Ordinance rewrite. (The City will host two additional meetings in May).
  • Members of the Government Affairs Committee attended the meeting, and it appears the city and their consultants understand the need for development to happen and have been charged with making a balanced revision to the current ordinance.

DeKalb County

  • Ted Rhinehart Deputy COO of DeKalb County spoke to GAHBA members regarding the current sewer capacity situation at the DeKalb/Rockdale Chapter lunch on April 18th.
  • He provided attendees with a good update on the status of the sewer system and laid out the plan moving forward.
  • After the meeting, County CEO Michael Thurmond confirmed that DeKalb County would miss the 2020 (EPA/EPD imposed) deadline to fix the sewer system.

Forsyth County

  • The Commission will host a special work session on Monday, May 6th at 2 PM for stakeholders to present their concerns regarding residential design standards.
  • Members from the GAHBA will be active participants in the meeting and will present the association’s case as to why the design standards need to be modified.
  • For over a year, the GAHBA has worked with a coalition of builders, association partners, and the Board of Commissioners to ensure stakeholders concerns are heard.

HBAG Legislative Wins

  • Private Plan Review & Inspections Reform
    • HBAG supported legislation which will 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.
  • 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 next GAC meeting will be on Tuesday, May 14th at the GAHBA offices in Dunwoody. If you are interested in getting involved with the Greater Atlanta HBA Government Affairs Committee, please contact Government Affairs Director, Stephen Davis at

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