Local Issues & Legislation

DeKalb Courts Target "Blighted" Properties

DeKalb County Magistrate Court has created a “Magistrate Court Ordinance Division” which will target abandoned, dilapidated and burned-out properties with penalties that could include demolition of the structure. Three DeKalb County judges will hold monthly hearings to review cases where violators have received multiple code citations, but have not made improvements.

“The Georgia Gang” headlines Major Investor Luncheon
The 2017 Major Investor Luncheon will feature Jeff Dickerson and Phil Kent from Fox 5’s, “The Georgia Gang.” Jeff and Phil will give the inside scoop on major political hot topics in Georgia and the metro area. They will also be able to update REALTORS on the latest election news in some of the most important races in Georgia.
Sandy Springs Approves Development Plan
At their August 15th meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council voted unanimously to approve their comprehensive plan and development code update. The affordable housing mandate discussed in recent weeks was removed. With some noticeable changes from the last public meeting, a very long and arduous process has come to an end.
REALTORS Screen Candidates
August 21st marks the first day for candidates who have been saying they are running for elected office to put their money where their mouths are! Qualifying for municipal elections around the metro area will be held from Monday, August 21st through Friday, August 25th. Beginning August 28th, the Government Affairs Committees of both the Residential and Commercial boards will conduct interviews for qualified candidates in order to determine which contenders will best serve as “REALTOR Champions” once elected.
Dunwoody Eyeing Tree Removal Permit
The Dunwoody Planning Commission voted to approve a recommendation requiring a $25 permit before trees on non-residential property, not under construction can be removed. The recommendation also included a fine of up to $1,000 per tree removed without a permit.
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