The Perimeter Perspective: Government Affairs March Newsletter

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.


  • We have created a “Tree Ordinance Task Force” made up of builder and associate members which has a single focus on the tree ordinance rewrite within the city of Atlanta.
  • The Task Force is leading a grassroots effort to educate the City Council and stakeholders on some of the unintended consequences of the current tree ordinance.

DeKalb County

  • Ted Rhinehart Deputy COO of DeKalb County will be speaking to GAHBA members regarding the current sewer capacity situation at the upcoming DeKalb/Rockdale Chapter lunch on Thursday, April 18th at the GAHBA offices.

Forsyth County

  • A coalition of builders and like-minded organizations have joined forces to help educate the County Commission and the citizens of the county on some of the negative impacts from the proposed residential design standards.
  • The County Commission is currently scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposed standards on Thursday, April 4th at the County’s Administration Building in Cumming.

Gwinnett County

  • The County’s Department of Water Resources currently charges “Builder Accounts” at two times the tier-one volumetric rate.
  • We are working with Department staff to resolve this issue the next time the Board of Commissioners change water rates.

Election Results

  • Atlanta City Council District 3: Byron Amos and Antonio Brown will meet in a runoff
  • Cherokee County Board of Commissioner District 3: Benny Carter and Kenny Phelps will meet in a runoff
  • Gwinnett County MARTA expansion referendum: Failed


The next GAC meeting will be on Tuesday, April 16th 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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