Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Atlanta's green-building ordinance tabled until September

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Funny how quickly things can change in the City of Atlanta.

When we first reported on the city's proposed sustainable building ordinance, a monster piece of legislation that would require most new construction in Atlanta to be more eco-friendly, word was that it was expected to sail through. What better time than one of the worst development markets in recent memory to push for a policy that'll make the city more green and help future residents save cash on their energy bills?

Well, expect the unexpected. At yesterday's Community Development and Human Resources committee meeting, councilmembers decided to table the legislation.

The basic line we're hearing from sources is that there were some provisions in the ordinance that stakeholders wanted to "work on." That's code for "wait a gosh darn minute, we've got some concerns."

Word is that some trade groups that represent builders and realtors would prefer to see incentives — not mandates — for constructing more energy-efficient builders.

If everyone can come to an agreement by the next committee meeting on Sept. 1, the ordinance will get another hearing.

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