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Meeting of Atlanta Code Enforcement Commission
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Thursday afternoon, January 22, the Center for Community Progress, working with the City's Department of Housing, presented a "revamping" of Code Enforcement and explained proposed changes to the code enforcement system in the city of Atlanta. The report suggests that the City of Atlanta increase use of Article 5 of the city code which allows the city to transfer liens placed on a vacant or delinquent property to the tax assessor. The lien would then act as a outstanding tax on the property. This policy allows the City to eventually claim such properties as property of the City of Atlanta. The Board is concerned about the private property implications of this policy and will continue to monitor these suggestions as Atlanta City Council prepares to workshop the report and the policies promoted therein.

City of Atlanta Tree Ordinance Revisions Update
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In a meeting moderated by our Governmental Affairs Director, Lennie Shewmaker, on Tuesday January 6 industry stakeholders presented concerns to the City of Atlanta regarding the proposed revisions to the City’s tree ordinance. Some proposed changes include doubling the financial penalty for removing specimen trees, allowing interior renovations at a certain cost threshold to trigger compliance with the new tree ordinance and unworkable requirements regarding planting in parking lots.
DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Approve Oversight Committee Ordinance
A Win for Economic Development in DeKalb and the Atlanta Board!
The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners passed a much needed Development Services package on Tuesday, January 13. After working with citizens and the development industry, including the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®, the Commission approved policy taking a step towards DeKalb's economic development goals and commitment to increased transparency regarding the County's fiscal policies. Increased targeted quality development in DeKalb would provide opportunities and value for both residential and commercial real estate professionals through increased property values and confidence in working with the County on property improvements.
YCR New Year Soiree
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | St. Cecilia in Buckhead
Come celebrate a new year with Young Council for drinks and appetizers at St. Cecilia in Buckhead. Located in the exquisite balcony room overlooking the restaurant, this will be a great opportunity to network with Atlanta's commercial real estate professionals.
In Memory of Tommie Jackson
Saturday, January 17, 2015

With great sorrow, the family of Tommie McClure Jackson announces her passing on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Views From The Top: A Roundtable With Atlanta's Top Land Brokers
Education Seminar: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Orientation
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Join Us at the Georgia REALTORS® Legislative Day!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Join more than 750 REALTORS® from across Georgia on Tuesday, February 10th for a day with your legislators and experience the political process in action!

UPDATE: Decatur City Commission Approves Unified Development Ordinance Revisions
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The city of Decatur has adopted revisions to its Unified Development Ordinance. Amanda Thompson, Planning Director for the city of Decatur, stated in our meeting last week that the new UDO will take effect on February 1, 2014.

Congratulations to the 2014 Award Recipients!
2014 Annual Business Meeting held on Friday, December 12th

The Annual Business Meeting was held on Friday, December 12th, for the Installation of the 2015 Officers and Directors and recognition of the 2014 award recipients. CBR members gathered at the InterContinental Buckhead as President Chip Roach and the newly elected 2015 Officers and Directors were sworn into office.

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