The Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives voted 6-5 Wednesday morning to pass House Bill 302 prohibiting local governments from regulating building design of one or two-family dwellings.
The Georgia Conservancy notes that HB 302 "has the potential to hinder, if not completely remove, innovation at the local level to address needs or leverage assets related to natural resources, housing, revitalization, or other land use conditions." Read more about this bill and how it might affect local governments' abilities to regulate new construction in Flagpole and Oconee County Observations.
You can also find the full text of the bill online.
Folks from ACC, Koons Design, and the BNA met at Boulevard Park recently to do the penultimate inspection prior to the park being open again to the public. Only major item is to put in two benches (in progress), clean out some dead tree limbs, and a few minor fixes to playground and paths. No firm dates, but in general things should be wrapping up within about a month.
Other good news from Alex Bond at Athens-Clarke County is that there is now a mechanism in place for private contributions to fund water fountains in the county. Phase II will have a water connection for landscaping, which can be used to supply a water fountain in the future. Perhaps a water fountain (human + dog) could be part of the park's future, via private funds, once the dust settles on Phase II.
According to the ACCPD the following crimes were reported in January 2019:
Athens-Clarke County police encourage all residents to say something if they see something suspicious in the neighborhood. You don’t need to wait for a crime to happen before you call the police. The number to call is 706-613-3345. The police will respond and check things out. Residents can also call 911, explain that it's not an emergency, and the police will respond.