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Atlanta City Council Holds Working Group on Excessive Permitting Fees

In a special meeting held on August 19, the Atlanta City Council's Community Development and Human Resources committee (CDHR) heard testimony from the city auditors, leaders from the Technical Advisory Committee (on which ACBR holds a seat) and Office of Buildings staff regarding the $28 million surplus created by its building permitting process.

City of Atlanta to Consider REALTOR® Compromises for Parking Facility Permit Ordinance (Update)

Compromises presented by the Board to Commissioner Mendoza of Public Works regarding the Park for Hire ordinance will be presented to the Atlanta City Council Finance Committee. The original ordinance would increase parking facility permit fees from $100 to up to $650 and would add a $100 per day fee for non-compliance. These fees and penalties would apply to any Atlanta parking facility which allows the public to pay to park.

DeKalb County Publishes Development Manual

DeKalb touts new manual and improvements in the DeKalb Development Department.
After a meeting of the DeKalb Development Services Fiscal Oversight Advisory Committee in early August, Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May and Deputy COO, Luz Borrero presented a new manual for development in the county and the accomplishments of the first year of DeKalb's Permit Peer Review program. 

ACBR Data Services Training Session
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 9:15 am - 10:00 am

Join us on Wednesday, September 16th following the September Education Seminar for a crash course on Exchange Mail and Commercial Board Forms. New users, come see what you've been missing and current users come learn how to get the most out of these powerful systems. Administrative assistants are welcome to attend. RSVP Today!

Join us at the 2015 Annual Awards Luncheon!
Thursday, December 10, 2015 | Cherokee Town Club

The Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 102th, for the recognition of the 2015 award recipients and the Installation of the 2016 Officers and Directors. The ACBR has experienced a remarkable year and we hope you will join your fellow members at this wonderful year end event.

CALL FOR ACTION: Urge Your U.S. Representative to Support H.R. 9, The Innovation Act!
Take Action Today!

NAR has issued a Call-for-Action urging the U.S. House of Representatives to support H.R. 9, the Innovation Act. Tell your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 9 to stop patent trolls and protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits.

YCR Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, September 18, 2015 | North Fulton Golf Course at Chastain Park

Are you ready for a fun-filled day of golf, food, drinks, prizes, and networking? Do you want to be a part of the fight against cancer? If so, come join us at our 26th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 18th. After registration and time on the Practice Tee, you will be playing a round of golf for the chance to win several exciting prizes! A majority of the proceeds will benefit the Carter Martin Endowment Fund, a non-profit charity that helps to raise awareness with experimental drugs and therapy for children with cancer.

October Brokerfest
Thursday, October 8, 2015 | American Spirit Works

This year, BrokerFest will be held at American Spirit Works on Thursday, October 8th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Don't miss the 10th Annual Fall networking event, an evening of networking with "Who's Who" of local Board members and industry leaders. There will be great food, drinks and live entertainment, as well as the chance to win incredible prize packages. The proceeds raised will support of

The Dana G. Smith Cancer Assistance Fund and the Atlanta Board Educational Foundation.
DeKalb County Development Oversight Committee Holds First Meeting
A Win for Economic Development in DeKalb and for the Atlanta Commercial Board!

The first meeting of the DeKalb Development Services Fiscal Oversight Advisory Committee took place on Thursday June 18 in Decatur. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners created this Fiscal Oversight Committee comprised of stakeholders from the real estate and development fields, including Greg Catoe from ACBR, who are familiar with the permitting process in conjunction with a new permitting fee schedule and technology and digital plan submission upgrades. This committee will advise the DeKalb Development Services Division regarding effective allocation of the Division's fee for service income.

Atlanta to Implement Commercial Building Efficiency Program

The Commercial Building Efficiency ordinance was approved by the Atlanta City Council and will be implemented in July. Do you know if your building must comply?

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