Council Commends DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Withh Adoption of Zoning Code 
On Tuesday, August 25th, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved by unanimous consensus a new zoning code for DeKalb County. The zoning code update represents nearly seven years of intensive planning and community engagement efforts and hard work by many members of the Council for Quality Growth and the DeKalb County Community Development staff.  The Council thanks Interim CEO Lee May, the Baord of Commissioner, Deputy COO Luz Borrero, Zoning Administrator Marian Eisenberg, County Planning Director Andrew Baker and the many others who were an integral part of the zoning code updates.

Michael Paris, President and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth said -

"The Council commends the Board of Commissioners and staff for all of its hard work on the zoning code rewrite. The new code contains many visionary and innovative concepts which will set the tone for the region. The long term opportunities this ordinance brings to the community are immeasurable an will propel DeKalb as an economic leader"

The new ordinances are consistent with and provide a strong platform for the implementation of policies detailed in DeKalb's Comprehensive Plan. All changes become effective on September 1, 2015.

To read more, click here.

To access the new zoning documents, click here.
Council for Quality Growth Hosts Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason
On Tuesday, August 25th, the Council for Quality hosted Peachtree Corner Mayor Mike Mason and Alyssa Davis from Gwinnett Village CID at the Gwinnett Advisory Committee Meeting.

Ms. Davis helped to moderate the Council for Quality Growth's discussion on transportation, which was conducted as part of the Gwinnett County's "Great Exchange on Transportation" campaign. 

Mayor Mike Mason spoke on Peachtree Corner's plans for pedestrian-friendly developments along the new Town Center. He also spoke on the significant plans to transform Technology Park into what the Peachtree Corner's Livable Center Initiative Study called a "robust tech industry community where employees can live and collaborate in a dynamic mixed-use environment." 

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For more information on Peachtree Corners' Livable Center Initiative, click here.

The Council thanks Mayor Mike Mason and Director Alyssa Davis for their participation in the Gwinnett Advisory Meeting
Council for Quality Growth Hosts Kennesaw State University President Daniel Papp 
At the Cobb County Advisory Committee Meeting held on Wednesday, August 26th, Kennesaw State University President Daniel Papp spoke on the changes occurring as a result of KSU's recent merger with Southern Polytechnic University. The first effect of the merger was the need to eliminate redundancy in administrative services and building uses. Consolidation of administrative services is expected free up $5 to $6 million dollars for other university needs. The second effect was the need to make a few one-time costs for items such as new highway signs.

The most significant data however, relates to the sheer scale of services the university will now offer.

To read more, click here.

The Council for Quality Growth thanks President Papp for participation in Wednesday's Cobb Advisory Committee meeting. 
Cherokee Advisory Committee Speaks on Economic Development 
The Cherokee Advisory Committee met on August 19, 2015 at Canton City Hall to discuss the economic development news happening in the City of Canton and across the County.  Matthew Thomas, Economic Development Director for the City of Canton delivered four key updates to Council members. 

The first update discussed traffic management plans concerning Northside Hospital's new replacement facility in Cherokee County. The second concerned Universal Alloy's plans to build a new facility on a 44 acre parcel of land in Ball Ground, Georgia. The last two updates informed Council members of the new masterplan in the works for Downtown Canton, and the success of ongoing revitalization efforts for the area. 

To read more, click here. 
Forsyth County to Consider New Impact Fees
On Monday, August 24th, the Forsyth County Impact Fee Advisory Committee met to review the 2015 Impact Fee Study released by Duncan Associates. The study calls for three specific changes in the way which current impact fees are calculated throughout Forsyth County and the City of Cumming.

The key changes can be summarized as follows:
  • Combine fire and emergency fees into a single public safety fee, and assess the fee on both residential and non-residential land uses. 
  • Distribute fire and library fee revenue across a single county-wide service area, rather than dividing revenues along north and south benefit district lines.
  • Introduce a new road impact fee based on the cost of all arterial streets in the County, including state and federal highways. Assess this potential new fee on both residential and non-residential land uses. 
Impact fees were last adjusted in Forsyth County in 2003. As they stand, they fund only 28.6% of growth-related capital costs. 

If updated fees are adopted, the study projects that the resulting revenue could cover up to 42.9% of park, library and public safety costs. The road impact fee alone would cover up to 49.9% of planned arterial road expansion costs.

The study also calls for developers to be eligible to receive credit against the fees for right-of-way dedications and construction of arterial road improvements. However, credit for arterial improvements would be limited to planned projects listed on the County's Short Term Work Plan.
To download the complete 2015 Impact Fee Study by Duncan and Associates, click HERE.

For a quick overview of the proposed Impact Fee Updates, see the table below:

Source: Forsyth County Impact Fee Study by Duncan Associates

The Council for Quality Growth seeks and thanks Council members for their feedback on the proposed changes. Contact James Touchton at to submit any comments or input.

2015 Four Pillar Tribute Honoring Dan T. Cathy - October 1, 2015
Council Seeks Fall Interns 
It is that time of year again when many undergraduate and graduate students are finalizing their spring semester schedules.  The Council is currently seeking independent, dedicated individuals to serve in fall unpaid internships with our organization  These internships will be structured learning opportunities geared to teach applications of public policy development.
Those seeking a bachelor's or master's degree in Public Administration, Urban Planning, Political Science or other Public Policy related areas of study will be most successful.  Other areas of study including Economics, Environmental Studies, Environmental Design or Engineering, Real Estate, Business Administration, and Geography are also welcome.  Interns will be expected to research various public policy issues affecting the agency, write articles for newsletters, and assist regular staff with formulating real public policies affecting our members.

Please Note: This is an unpaid internship.


Working schedule is flexible due to the responsibilities classes demand.
For a complete overview of the Council internship requirements and description, click HERE or contact James Touchton at


August 31, 2015

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