Council Members: 2016 Advisory Committees to Kick Off Next Week
Each month, the Council holds seven Advisory Committee meetings for Council Members only. 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. The Council holds advisory committee meetings in seven locations across the region each month, including City of Atlanta, North Fulton, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Cherokee County and Forsyth County. The Council's Advisory Committees will kick off next week on Thursday in Forsyth County. 
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 or all of the advisory committees across the region. Contact Amanda Janaskie at 770-813-3381 or to learn about the benefits of sponsoring an Advisory meeting.

Click HERE to view an overview of the Advisory Committees and the impact they have had in Metro Atlanta

Click HERE to view a pdf of the calendar listing guest speakers scheduled for Advisory meetings this Spring

Click HERE to Join the Council and become involved in Advisory Committees today!

Provide Input on City of Atlanta Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Initial Findings Next Week
The City of Atlanta Zoning Ordinance overhaul has been underway for several months in the initial review and assessment stages. The City's Department of Planning and Community Development has engaged the consultant team led by TSW, Canvas Planning Group, and the Zoeckler Firm to complete the ordinance rewrite assessment. The initial findings of this work will be shared to the public in an effort to gain stakeholder input at two public meetings on January 11th and 12th. The assessment includes a review and analysis of best practices in major peer cities and innovative zoning and land use practices such as form based ordinances and hybrid zoning ordinances. The assessment will specifically focus on how the current zoning ordinance implements city policies and plans, such as the Comprehensive Development Plan and will identify the strengths and weaknesses of the existing Zoning Ordinance in terms of its Process, Structure, Administration, Districts, Uses, Site and Building Design, and the impact of other codes.

The Council for Quality Growth participated in the initial stakeholder interviews regarding the Zoning Ordinance update and will remain involved throughout the assessment and rewrite process.

See public meeting information below or click HERE to view the event flyer.
Monday, January 11, 2016
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Atlanta Metropolitan State College-1630 Metropolitan Parkway , Atlanta Georgia 30310
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Passion City Church-515 Garson Drive, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia  30324 
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Discuss Growth Concerns at Last Night's Public Hearing
On Thursday, January 7th, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing to discuss several items set forth in a Resolution of the Board, adopted on December 14th, aimed at addressing growth issues in the county. The resolution includes a possible dissolution of the current County-wide Planning Commission and creation of five separate sub-area Planning Commissions in each of the districts, as well as the consideration of imposing zoning conditions that will stagger residential building permits on large residential projects with the intent to mitigate the impact on school system capacity. 

The Board of Commissioners heard public comment from several residents asking for further clarification on what policy changes would be implemented to address the community's concerns related to rapid growth. The Board moved to hold another work session to discuss the items in the resolution and potential policy changes. The Council for Quality Growth was in attendance at the hearing and continues to work with the Commissioners to develop solutions and promote quality, balanced growth across Forsyth County.

To view the Resolution adopted on December 14th, click HERE.
Fulton County to Host Green Book Review and Recertification Workshop

The Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a workshop on the revised "Green Book," or Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia on January 14th. The Green Book serves as a guide book for local governments in Georgia on site design and site protection permitting practices affecting engineers, builders and contractors.

The workshop is intended to educate users on the revisions in the 2016 manual, as well as qualify them for recertification of Level 1A, 1B or II.  Speaker topics include Design criteria, installation tips, and inspection guidelines for new and revised BMPs, Flocculants and Coagulants to help minimize NTU readings, Liability and legal ramifications for runoff related infractions, and others.

Workshop details:
Click HERE to register
Date: January 14, 2016
Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm 
Location: The Metropolitan Club
5895 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Cost: $90 ($105 after January 1, 2016) 
Breakfast, Lunch, and E&S Recertification included

Click HERE to see event flyer
Click HERE for Vendor information

Brookhaven Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Steering Committee to Host Public Workshop
The Steering Committee for the Brookhaven Zoning Ordinance Rewrite initiative met on Thursday, December 17th, to discuss the objectives and timeline for the City's Zoning Ordinance update. The preliminary objectives outlined by the consultant include general organization and format of the code, updating and streamlining use classifications, revamping off-street parking requirements, addressing mixed use and commercial districts, consideration of additional housing options, form and character determinations, nonconformities, administration and procedures, clarifying measurements and exceptions, and customization tools within the code. Click HERE to view the report outlining the project objectives and approach prepared by consultant, Duncan and Associates.

The Steering Committee agreed that the ordinance rewrite should be driven by community input and hope to get stakeholders involved early in the process. To that end, the Committee, with Brookhaven planning staff and the consultant team will host a public workshop on January 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lynwood Park Community Center, 3360 Osborne Road, to gather community input on the topic areas outlined in the preliminary report. The Council for Quality Growth will continue to work with the Steering Committee and City staff to provide resources and stakeholder input in order to craft a zoning ordinance that promotes balanced, quality development in the City.

Click HERE to view the zoning ordinance rewrite website and sign up for updates

January 8th, 2016

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

Contact Amanda Janaskie,, for sponsorship opportunities. 

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New date-only 3 weeks away!

The Council is hosting seven State of the County events this year!

Save the date for more details to come for:
Clayton State of the County
March 31, 11:00 AM

Fulton State of the County
April 28, 11:00 AM

Forsyth State of the County
May 19, 11:00 AM


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