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City of Atlanta to Update Tree Ordinance

In a meeting at City Hall on Monday the Arborist Division presented a list of proposed updates to the city’s existing tree ordinance which stem from their analysis of the final report "Assessing Urban Tree Canopy in the City of Atlanta." Click here to access a summary of that report. Some proposed changes of note include doubling the financial penalty for removing specimen trees from a lot while also doubling the credit given for planting such specimen trees. The Arborist intends to extend the City's power to replant within 15 feet of a right of way to include areas within 30 feet of a right of way. The tree trust fund may also be used to assist homeowners in adjusting sidewalks to accommodate root systems.

Brookhaven to Vote on Redevelopment Power for City Council

HB 1136, passed during the last legislative session and signed by Governor Deal, gives the city of Brookhaven specific authority to "create tax allocation districts (TAD), issue tax allocation bonds, and incur other obligations" with the approval of Brookhaven voters. Now it is up to the citizens of Brookhaven to either grant or deny the city these redevelopment powers. The city government's end goal is to redevelop the Buford Highway possibly through the establishment of a TAD but some citizens are concerned about the possible impact on residents who are content with their community.

Industrial Market Update: Dirt to Dollars
ACBR Expert Series CE | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Join us on Wednesday, October 29th to listen and learn from Atlanta's Commercial Leaders as they discuss our current industrial market. Receive three hours of continuing education credit for attending this information packed course.

2015 Slate of Proposed Officers & Directors

The Nominating Committee has selected the following Slate of Officers and Directors.

The Real Estate Toolkit
24 Hr. CE Series: September 22, 23, 24, 29

The Real Estate Toolkit is designed to prepare, enhance and improve your effectiveness as a real estate licensee by covering essentials on which to build a foundation for a successful real estate practice. Whether you are a new agent or a more seasoned one, implementation of the information in this course will benefit your business and boost your success.

Charting Your Commercial Career
24 Hr. CE Series: October 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 29

This series includes the following courses: Getting Started in Commercial Brokerage, Tenant Representation: A How-To Discussion, Landlord Representation: A How-To Discussion, Lessons Learned in the Trenches: Commercial Case Studies, Living with Lumpy Cash Flow - Money Management for 1099's, What Life Can You Afford? Money Management for 1099's, Have a Plan & Work the Plan: Running Your Practice like a Business, Should Your Client Buy a Building? Logic, Process & Arithmetic.

Senate Votes to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

Tuesday August 26 Director of Governmental Affairs, Lennie Shewmaker, met with Congressman David Scott (GA-13) about the importance of reauthorizing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) before its expiration on December 31, 2014. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee Rep. Scott was familiar with the issue and understood that Terrorism insurance is an important factor in commercial financing, and is a key structural protection for commercial mortgage-backed securities. TRIA keeps coverage available and affordable and is a legislative priority for the REALTORS®.

Atlanta Planning Commissioner Shelby Steps Down

Atlanta Planning and Community Development Commissioner James Shelby has stepped down. Shelby was appointed to the position in 2008 by then Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to oversee the bureaus of buildings, code compliance and housing, and planning, a staff of more than 200 employees. Shelby's resignation was effective Friday August 29. The city of Atlanta advised that deputy chief operating officer Tom Weyandt, with whom the Board has been working on the Technical Advisory Committee to the Office of Buildings, will oversee the continued work of the department until a new commissioner is appointed.

Cobb Court to Decide on Fulton County’s Authority to Raise Property Taxes

The members of the Fulton County House Republican caucus and former State Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) are suing Fulton County for voting to raise Fulton County's millage rate by 17 percent on August 06, 2014. The millage rate will cost a $250,000 homeowner approximately $140 more a year in property taxes. The millage increase will disproportionately be sustained by Fulton County's upper-income households leading it to be considered a progressive tax by some. To others, it is seen as a violation of Georgia law. The issues at stake in the lawsuit speak to the authority of the state to set a cap on the tax rate that Fulton commissioners can set to fund county services.

Mobile Technology Boot Camp
ACBR FREE CE: Friday, September 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The purpose of this class is to explore, in depth, technology solutions available to real estate agents and assist you in navigating and choosing among the options to create a completely mobile, global office to better service your customers and clients.

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