EPA Releases Clean Water Act "Waters of the United States" Rule: Council Responds

Yesterday, May 27th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled their new clean water rules, which on the surface appears to only affect streams and wetlands,  but in reality, has the potential to allow for a broad overreach of powers by the Agency.


Council Members will recall that last fall, a coalition of interests, representing Georgia's Regulated Communities and Conservation Organizations, met at the Georgia State Capitol before a Joint House and Senate Committee to discuss the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal of the now released rule, which we felt expanded regulatory jurisdiction over waters throughout the United States.  The coalition included representatives from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Municipal Association, and Georgia Department of Agriculture  The EPA, through regulatory powers has changed the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the "Clean Water Act" (CWA) and has caused much debate throughout Georgia's various industries. This is in addition to the over 1,000,000 comments nationally the EPA received during their comment period, regarding the change in definition, with a vast majority in opposition or requesting modifications to the proposed rule.


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Click HERE to read the comments submitted by the Council. 

Gwinnett Advisory Committee Meeting with U.S. Congressman Rob Woodall

On Tuesday, May 26, Congressman Rob Woodall spoke at the Gwinnett Advisory Committee Meeting, which was hosted by Jackson EMC. Congressman Woodall gave a presentation on economic development in Georgia, and more specifically in the Gwinnett area. He also discussed transportation issues that both Georgia and the entire country are facing and how he is working to help address them. The Congressman's presentation also provided information to show how Georgia compares to the rest of the country in various issues, such as infrastructure and transportation. Congressman Woodall also answered questions and discussed issues posed by the members present at the meeting. Thank you to Jackson EMC for sponsoring this meeting and to all the members who came and participated in the discussions with Congressman Woodall. 


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Click HERE to view Congressman Woodall's presentation.

Cobb Advisory Committee Meeting with State Senator Judson Hill

On Wednesday, May 27, State Senator Judson Hill spoke at the Cobb Advisory Committee Meeting at Traton Homes. As a strong supporter of infrastructure and development in the region, Senator Hill spoke about economic and transportation issues in his district.


Thank you to all the members who attended this meeting with Senator Hill.

City of Atlanta Technical Advisory Committee Presents Update on Zoning Ordinance Rewrite

On Tuesday, May 19, the City of Atlanta's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), under the Office of Buildings, held a meeting to present an update on the city's Zoning Ordinance Rewrite. The last revision of the zoning ordinance occurred in 1985, however, there have been incremental amendments in response to changes in practices and new policies. Therefore, the current zoning ordinance is inadequate and difficult to understand. In order to address these issues and make the ordinance more user friendly, the City is doing a comprehensive review and update of the zoning regulations. In the meeting on Tuesday, the committee gave a presentation that outlined Phase 1 of the rewrite process.


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Council Participates in Blue Book Revision Process Stakeholders Committee 

Last year, the Atlanta Regional Commission began an effort to make an update to Volume 1 and 2 of the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual fourteen years after its inaugural publication.  After years of experience with the current manual, a number of needed improvements have been identified and stormwater treatment technologies have continued to evolve.  Although the manual is not a regulatory document itself, the final content of the manual has a tremendous influence on new development in Georgia because many jurisdictions, including almost all of Metro Atlanta, have adopted the manual as the technical guidelines that must be met for all stormwater management.  The Council believes that an update to address shortcomings in the present manual and provide more options for stormwater management is needed, and is excited to be a part of the updates to the new manual, and wants to work with its members and other stakeholders to improve stormwater management practices in Georgia.


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Georgia Water Alliance Submits Drought Management Comments to EPD

The Georgia Water Alliance submitted its drought management comments to the Environmental Protection Division. 


Click HERE to read the full letter. 



McGuireWoods Hosts Breakfast Panel Regarding Senate Bill 59

Please Join McGuireWoods for a Breakfast Panel

Senate Bill 59 - Creating New Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships in Georgia, with:


- Todd Herberghs, Executive Director, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships

Chris Lloyd, Working Group on Revisions to Virginia's Model Public-Private Partnership Guidelines


- Moderated by Rob Fortson, Senior Vice President, McGuireWoods Consulting


This panel is designed to assist state and local government officials and private partners in participating effectively in the new framework created by Georgia's "Partnership for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act."  Panelists will discuss lessons learned from similar P3 legislation in other states and suggest best practices for Georgia stakeholders to consider.


Thursday, June 11, 2015 

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.


1230 Peachtree Street, NE

Suite 2100

Atlanta, GA 30309


Please respond by Monday, June 8, 2015, to Lisa Edelstein at ledelstein@mwcllc.com or 404.443.5803.


Metro Atlanta Chamber to Host E3 Awards

Are you an innovator in the sustainability community?

We want to hear about it. MAC is now accepting applications from Atlanta's top sustainability leaders for E3 Award consideration.


Application Deadline: June 22



About the Awards:

The Atlanta E3 Awards recognizes companies, organizations and individuals working to conserve metro Atlanta's natural resources, develop clean technologies to enhance our economy and environment, support sustainable projects and to collaborate on solutions through university connections, marketing and education.


September 24
7:30 - 9 a.m.


Loews Hotel
1065 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309


Click here to register for the event.
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,

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 www.CouncilforQualityGrowth.org and click on the Events Calendar link for the most up-to-date 2015 calendar.
May 29, 2015

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

In This Issue

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!

To view a Membership Brochure, Click HERE

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 JT@CouncilforQualityGrowth.org 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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