Mayor Kasim Reed held a press conference on November 29th at the Atlanta City Hall to discuss and sign the Building Permit Reform and and Enterprise Fund ordinances that unanimously passed the Atlanta City Council on November 7th. The Council for Quality Growth played an integral role in the advancement of this legislation since its inception. We would like to thank Mr. Steve Roos, Mr. Scott Selig and the rest of the Council for Quality Growth’s Atlanta Advisory for their leadership and diligence on this important issue. We would also like to thank Director of the Office of Buildings Don Rosenthal, Planning and Community Development Commissioner James Shelby and their staff for all of their hard work. President and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth Michael Paris Commissioner Shelby, Mr. Rosenthal, and President of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors John Ferguson were also on hand to discuss the importance of this legislation.
“This legislation revamps the entire permitting process for the City of Atlanta and provides the vehicle for sustaining a pro-active and customer service focused structure for the future. An efficient permit approval process will be a strong economic development driver for the city. The Council for Quality Growth commends Mayor Reed for pushing these changes forward and the City Council for its unanimous support,” stated Michael Paris.
Ordinance 11-O-1293, establishing an Enterprise Fund for the Atlanta Office of Buildings, and Ordinance 11-O-1504, authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to transfer funds from FY 2012 general fund anticipations and appropriations to the Enterprise Fund, passed the full council by a vote of 12-0.