A timely gutting of a conservation ordinance at City Hall

Georgia Conservancy is sending word of an intriguing Election Day development over at Atlanta City Hall.

The group has been working with city officials, architects, the Urban Land Institute and other professionals for an updated building code that emphasizes conservation – especially when it comes to water.

See a version of the Sustainable Building Ordinance by clicking here.

Word is that Jim Maddox, the longest-serving member of City Council, whose term expires this year, will offer an amendment this afternoon to make compliance voluntary. In other words, a gutting is afoot.

What’s significant is that the committee considering the item includes both Mary Norwood and Ceasar Mitchell, both of whom are on today’s ballot.

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December 1st, 2009
12:20 pm


December 1st, 2009
12:22 pm

Correction: the Georgia Conservancy has *not* been working with city officials on the Sustainable Building Ordinance, neither has the Urban Land Institute. Call both of their executive directors and ask them to explain how the proposed ordinance works. They can’t tell you. They probably haven’t even read it. However, what the Georgia Conservancy has done is send out inflammatory emails regarding the ordinance so that they can get lots of folks, who also haven’t read the ordinance, out to meetings to talk about how important it is.


December 1st, 2009
1:28 pm

Wow another lie from jim…..what a surprise. How do you look at yourself in the mirror everyday?


December 1st, 2009
2:21 pm

Wrong MM – GC has been all over this. Sustainable Atlanta is leading the charge but GC has been working hard to help this make needed ordiance happen.

[...] and include financial incentives. An amendment that would make the ordinance voluntary was introduced yesterday. That move was met with disapproval by environmentalist [...]

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

December 1st, 2009
4:59 pm

A cursory investigations reveals that the group does appear to be genuine rather than a shill for real estate developers or outside of the belt way inhabitants that just hate Atlanta.

Having said that, from a sheerly stragetic/defense perspective, people need water. Conserving things is all well and good and should be approached, but Atlanta needs a Water Reservoirs and the judge that set the three year timeline for Lake Lanier WITHOUT also mandating cessation of legal thuggery by Alabama and Florida to keep Atlanta down is simply negligent.


December 1st, 2009
7:00 pm

The Amendment was voted down, with both Norwood and Mitchell voting to kill it. Forty Winks Maddox spoke about how bad the amendment was, then voted in favor of it. I applaud Norwood for not voting in favor of the Amendment to make developers adhere to the ordinance on a voluntary basis. Even though she made the original motion to approve the amendment. Don’t believe me, just go to the city’s website and take a look at the replay of the Community Development and Human Resources committee meeting today.

Al Bundy

December 1st, 2009
7:05 pm

MARTG and other ‘real estate’ associations, with the restaurant associations had the audacity to say that they should get tax breaks and ‘financial incentives’ to VOLUNTARILY abide by a city ordinance. I didn’t have to voluntarily pay for my increased water bills or property taxes. The developers have no shame in asking for tax abatements, while my taxes went up 42%.