Council for Quality Growth Leads Development Tour in Marietta 

On Wednesday, April 1, the Council for Quality Growth led a development tour with members of the Marietta City Council, along with Director of Development Services Brian Binzer, Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs,  Council for Quality Growth Member Brock Built Homes (Steve and Adam Brock), John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods (Mike Meshkaty and Bryan Musolf) and Architect Bill Tunnell of TSW.  The group toured single-family developments in downtown Woodstock, Vinings and Dupont Circle in Atlanta.  The tour was proposed based on  proposed changes to the zoning code that had been introduced in November 2014 regarding the parking ordinances and the Council for Quality Growth's concerns.  The Council, at the Planning Commission Meeting in November, offered to facilitate with the City Council Members and Staff, along with our membership, a tour of  various developments where the parking ordinances allowed flexibility in design and were working for the community and those developing and designing the various products. 


Click HERE to view the proposed zoning ordinance change from the City and Click HERE for a map of the developments toured.  We would like to thank the City of Marietta Council Members, City Staff and Council for Quality Growth Members for their participation and engaging dialogue on the proposed zoning ordinance.  We look forward to working with City as the ordinance moves through the process.

Council for Quality Growth Hosts April DeKalb Advisory Committee Meeting with Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson 

On Thursday, April 2, the Council for Quality Growth hosted more than 30 guests at the April DeKalb Advisory Committee meeting with Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson at Chamblee City Hall.

Mayor Clarkson kicked off the meeting by discussing a brief history of development in Chamblee, including the city's industrial origins, the proposed Rail Trail system, and Chamblee's Mid-City District, where zoning was changed from industrial to mixed use. 
Mayor Clarkson then introduced Chamblee's Director of Development, Gary Cornell. Mr. Cornell gave a detailed presentation of the city's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). 

Click HERE to view Mr. Cornell's presentation on the UDO. 

The Council would like to thank SafeBuilt for sponsoring the breakfast. 

Council for Quality Growth Hosts April Atlanta Advisory Committee Meeting with Councilman Alex Wan 

On Wednesday, April 1, the Council for Quality Growth hosted the April Atlanta Advisory Committee meeting with Atlanta City Council Member Alex Wan.

Councilman Wan addressed more than 35 attendees in an informative discussion about city public works initiatives and potential reforms. Council members had the opportunity to engage Councilman Wan in a debate about these initiatives. 

The Council would like to thank Robbins Ross Alloy Belifante Littlefield LLP for sponsoring the meeting. 

Council Members Invited to Participate in a Survey Regarding Permit Delays in the Metro Atlanta Area
In an ongoing effort to collect feedback from our members on the permitting process with various local governments in the Metro Region, we have created a survey in order to understand your experiences.  Please read below and take the survey. This is anonymous feedback and will help us at the Council convey to the over 125 local governments we work with, the experiences our members are having based on your direct feedback. Thank you.

Council Seeks Input From Members Working in Clayton County For Development Review Process Audit
The Council's planning and zoning consultant, Jahnee Prince, is conducting an audit of the Clayton County Development Review Process and Ordinances. You are invited to participate in this important project to improve Clayton County's Community Development Department. 

Please contact Jahnee Prince at the Collaborative Firm at or (404) 684-7031 to participate. 
In the Loop: Millennials and the Future of the Housing Market: A Critical Period of Growth
The future of housing looks different than it did one decade ago. The conversation has changed from single-family detached to attached single- and multi-family units. 

Council for Quality Growth's 5th Annual CID "Fly Over" Video Released
As you recall last year, on November 12, 2014, the Council for Quality Growth sponsored the 5th Annual CID Recognition Program. Jones Lang LaSalle paid homage to the CIDs accomplishments by taking the attendees on an aerial journey through Metro Atlanta in the year 2025.  The journey termed the "Fly Over" used a Google Earth type technology created by Jones Lang LaSalle known as Blackbird to view the collective impact. The Council for Quality Growth would like to share this aerial adventure to all those who were not able to attend the event.  

To view the video and fly with us

To follow along using the speech,

Joint Congressional Hearing on Proposed "Waters of the US" EPA Rule: Council for Quality Growth Receives Mention by Congressman Woodall 
A joint hearing between the Senate Environment and Public Works and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees on a proposed rule by the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protections, that would be detrimental to many aspects and areas of the development industry, was held Wednesday, February 4th, in Congress, with newly appointed Transportation Committee Member, Georgia Congressman Rob Woodall, representing Georgians with concerns on the impact of the proposed rule.  

The Council for Quality Growth shared our concerns with Congressman Woodall, which he references at the 2:35:14 mark of the video, with a specific reference to the Council for Quality Growth at the 2:38:22 mark.  We would like to thank Congressman Woodall for addressing the concerns of the Council and the broad spectrum of industry interests.

Click HERE to view the video.

To read the letter the Council submitted as well as the Proposed Rule, click Read More

Council Presents 2015 Advisory Committee Schedule and Speakers
The Council for Quality Growth Announces the 2015 Advisory Committee Schedule.  Click HERE

The Council hosts about 80 advisory committee meetings each year featuring guest speakers such as:
  • Congressman Rob Woodall 
  • Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell
  • Cobb Chairman Tim Lee
  • Georgia House of Representatives Minority Leader Stacey Abrams
  • DeKalb County Int. CEO Lee May
  • Cherokee County Chairman "Buzz" Ahrens
  • Gwinnett County Chairman Charlotte Nash
  • County Commissioners Region-Wide
  • Mayor's Region-Wide
  • City Councilman Region-Wide
  • and many more local, county and state leaders can view below by expanding your screen or clicking below to view the 2015 Advisory Committee Schedule. 
What are the Council Advisory Committees?  Please click HERE to see who the Council has previously hosted.

Advisory Committee meetings are for Council members only. Please click HERE for more information about joining the Council for Quality Growth. 

Click HERE to view the 2015 Advisory Committee Schedule. 

Click HERE to view a PDF of the 2015 Advisory Committee Schedule and Speaker Lineup 

The 2015 Calendar is updated weekly with new Speakers.  Be sure to go to the Council's Website at and click on the Events Calendar link for the most up-to-date 2015 calendar.
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April 2, 2015

What are Council Members saying about their investment in the Council for Quality Growth?

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
2015 Fulton County 
State of the County Address
April 30

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Atlanta Business Chronicle Highlights Council Advisory Committees



In a special section featuring the Council for Quality Growth and its Four Pillar Tribute, the Atlanta Business Chronicle featured the work of the Council's seven advisories and the role that they play in helping to shape the continued growth of the Metro Atlanta Region. The article features examples of the types of policies that have been influenced by Council Advisory committees, as well as quotes from Council members on the benefit that Advisories provide to their businesses.


To read the article, click HERE.

Events, Policy Highlights & Advisory Updates




Join The Council for Quality Growth!

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Advisory Committees

Each month, the Council holds Advisory Committee meetings for members. These meetings occur at the same day and time each month and offer members the opportunity to interact with state and local elected officials, as well as county and city staff, including county and city managers, planning and zoning staff, transportation staff, economic development heads and watershed management staff.


Advisory Committees are one of the premier benefits of Council membership and all members are encouraged to attend. As a member, you are eligible to attend any of the Advisory Committees listed below.

  • To learn about each of our seven Advisory Committees in more detail, click HERE.
  • To see a schedule of all Advisory speakers, click HERE.
  • To see a master schedule of all meeting times and locations, click HERE.
  • To see a calendar view of this information, view the calendar below or click HERE.

Please contact James Touchton at for more information or to be added to one or all of the Advisory email lists.

To view all Advisory Committee Meetings, 

Click HERE

To view the Advisory Calendar on the Council Website and Register Online for the Advisory Meeting of your choice, 

Click HERE

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