CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS ADOPTS RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL CONTROL OF BUILDING DESIGN STANDARDS
The Sandy Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, in support of local control for building design standards for residential dwellings. The Resolution, proposed by Mayor Rusty Paul, opposes efforts in the General Assembly to preempt municipalities from setting design restrictions.
House Bill 302, presented during the last legislative session, would have prevented municipalities from setting design standards that included restrictions on building materials, types of foundation structures, color and layout. Both the Georgia Municipal Association and the Association County Commissioners of Georgia opposed the measure.
While HB 302 did not become law, House Resolution 591 created a study committee, which will soon begin meeting. The committee is expected to review legislation under the premise that design standards are a barrier to more affordable housing.
“This Resolution makes clear the desire of the City Council on behalf of our citizenry to keep decisions directly impacting our neighborhoods within local control,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. “Design standards reflect the input and common desires of a community, which cannot be addressed through a statewide mandate.”