Monday, February 25, 2019

New Georgia Senate bill threatens to destroy self-determination of Georgia cities

On Friday, Senate Bill SB 172 was dropped by senators from rural Northwest Georgia. This bill would set severe limits on how Georgia cities – including Dunwoody – could enact their zoning and ordinance codes.

In 2008, Dunwoody fought for the right to determine what ordinances would benefit our community without being diminished by DeKalb County. We wanted to decide amongst ourselves what kind of community to build, and to make sure that the lawmakers had to live with their decisions, just like the rest of the city. Now it’s other parts of the state that want to set their own limits on our community, where they don’t live, and they don’t care what happens.

Learn about SB 172 here:…/…/Display/20192020/SB/172

Contact Dunwoody’s State Senator, Sally Harrell and let her know that Dunwoody can determine its own ordinances. Representatives from rural Georgia do not need to diminish our city with their agendas.


Phone: (404) 463-2260


The House of Representatives version of this bill, HB 302 is also in progress and has the same effect. The bill passed out of committee by one vote and its future is uncertain.

Learn about HB 302 here:…/…/display/20192020/HB/302

Contact Dunwoody’s State House Rep, Mike Wilensky and let him know that Dunwoody can determine its own ordinances. Representatives from rural Georgia do not need to diminish our city with their agendas.


Capital Phone: 404.656.0202

Local Office Phone: 678.791.1725


How else can you help?

The City of Dunwoody has lobbyists working to protect our city’s interests at the State Capitol. Our city council members have been quiet about this issue, except for a resolution on tonight’s city council agenda.

Email our Mayor and City Council and demand that they protect Dunwoody’s right for their votes and ordinances to stand without outside interference. Email all seven members of council here:

Ten years ago, Dunwoody fought for the right to determine our future. Now we have to fight for the right to keep it. Make sure our elected officials fight on our side.

The next DHA meeting is March 3, 7:30 PM at the North DeKalb Cultural Center (near the Dunwoody Library). All of our elected officials will be invited to give reports on this and other legislation that directly affects our community. I look forward to hearing how they voted and what actions they are taking to protect Dunwoody, here and today!

Adrienne Duncan

President, DHA

1 comment:

SDOC Publishing Internet Solutions said...

From the Dunwoody Reporter newspaper last night:

Dunwoody opposes bill that would erase local control over residential home design

"The Dunwoody City Council gave a blistering rebuke to a current legislative attempt to ban local governments from regulating design elements on residential homes, approving a resolution at its Feb. 25 meeting voicing their opposition to another attempt by the the state to strip municipalities of local control.

Mayor Denis Shortal and the council unanimously approved the resolution proposed by Councilmember Lynn Deutsch to voice opposition to House Bill 302 and Senate Bill 172 that would prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing ordinances to regulate several design elements in one or two-family properties such as color, exterior material, windows, doors, number and type of rooms and foundation materials."