Securing Our Long-Term Vision

The Council for Quality Growth promotes balanced and responsible growth in the metro Atlanta region and state by:

  • Promoting long range planning and adequate delivery of government services;
  • Serving as a catalyst for consensus on growth issues; and
  • Providing a forum for discussion of responsible development, and economic or technical expertise as needed

The Council’s annual legislative agenda incorporates member input and ensures alignment with the Council’s long-term mission. Our legislative agenda for 2016 and previous years can be explored below.

2017 Legislative Agenda

Our legislative focus has historically focused on long-term investments in the regional transportation network; water and land use regulations; and policies that support economic development. During a recent survey, the Council membership has specifically encouraged the continued pursuit of long-term transportation funding with a particular focus on transit and connectivity across the region. Considering this, the Council for Quality Growth’s legislative platform includes:

Transportation

  • Support legislation that funds multi-year transportation and infrastructure needs;
  • Support measures to expand and streamline the operation of metro Atlanta’s transit systems;
  • Oppose any legislation that seeks to repeal any portion of House Bill 170, the “Transportation Funding Act of 2015”.

Water and Land Use and Environmental Regulation

  • Support legislation that allows for greater flexibility in use of land encumbered by streams and water bodies and encourage efficiency in the permitting process;
  • Continues support of the existing brownfield programs, including additional funding.
  • Oppose legislation that restricts the industry’s ability to develop in a quality and cost-effective manner.
  • Continue to advocate for interbasin water transfers;

Economic Development and Job Creation

  • Oppose any legislation that limits the current structure and functions of Community Improvement Districts and Development Authorities;
  • Advocate for legislation that creates enhanced tax incentives to encourage small business growth;
  • Support legislation that allows for greater confidentiality when engaging with business prospects;
  • Oppose legislation that increases regulation or adds new restrictions on the development, banking and business communities;
  • Oppose any legislation that infringes on Georgia citizens’ property rights.

 

Previous Annual Legislative Agendas

2016 Legislative Agenda

The Council for Quality Growth 2016 Agenda:

Transportation

  • Support legislation that funds multi-year transportation and infrastructure needs;
  • Oppose any legislation that seeks to repeal any portion of House Bill 170, the “Transportation Funding Act of 2015”;
  • Support measures to expand and streamline the operation of metro Atlanta’s transit systems.
Water and Land Use and Environmental Regulation
  • Support legislation that allows for greater flexibility in use of land encumbered by streams and water bodies and encourage efficiency in the permitting process;
  • Continues support of the existing brownfield programs, including additional funding.
  • Oppose legislation that restricts the industry’s ability to develop in a quality and cost-effective manner.
  • Continue to advocate for interbasin water transfers;
Economic Development and Job Creation
  • Oppose any legislation that limits the current structure and functions of Community Improvement Districts and Development Authorities;
  • Advocate for legislation that creates enhanced tax incentives to encourage small business growth;
  • Support legislation that allows for greater confidentiality when engaging with business prospects;
  • Oppose legislation that increases regulation or adds new restrictions on the development, banking and business communities;
  • Oppose any legislation that infringes on Georgia citizens’ property rights.

2015 Legislative Agenda

The Council for Quality Growth 2015 Agenda:

  • Economic Development and Job Creation
  • Transportation
  • Water and Land Use
  • Environmental Regulation

The Council for Quality Growth’s legislative task force, which consists of 11 members from various industry segments, forms the Council’s annual legislative agenda, incorporating member input and ensuring alignment with the Council’s long-term mission.

Economic Development and Job Creation
  • Oppose any legislation that limits the current structure and functions of Community Improvement Districts and Downtown Development Authorities
  • Advocate for legislation that creates enhanced tax incentives to encourage small business growth
  • Oppose legislation that increases regulation or adds new restrictions on the development, banking, and business communities
  • Oppose any legislation that infringes on Georgia citizens’ property rights
Transportation
  • Support funding mechanisms that fully fund multi-year transportation and infrastructure needs
  • Oppose any legislation that seeks to repeal the penalty portion of the “Transportation Investment Act”
Water and Land Use and Environmental Regulation
  • Support legislation that allows greater flexibility in use of land encumbered by streams and water bodies and encourage efficiency in the permitting process
  • Support legislation that encourages greater flexibility and economic incentives for Brownfield development
  • Oppose legislation that restricts the industry’s ability to develop in a quality and cost-effective manner
  • Continue advocacy for interbasin water transfers
  • Promote full-funding for Governor’s Water Supply Program