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The national planning conference is quickly approaching and I am really looking forward to being in Atlanta at the end of April. I hear that the local host committee is ready to show us what Atlanta is all about! Thank you for your hard work. If you haven’t registered I hope you will make plans to attend. Whether you want to learn about brownfields, transit, economic development, neighborhood revitalization …
House Bill 921, introduced in the Georgia House by Representative Matt Dollar (R – Marietta), aims to stifle the ability of local Development Authorities around the State to promote economic growth. Introduced as a bill to increase transparency, the bill will impose new reporting requirements for how authorities may make decisions and will force authorities to comply with increased regulations.
Development Authorities were established to “develop and promote trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities.”
This legislation provides a new tool for cities to partner with private industry to finance infrastructure construction and operation. A city that is interested in using this financing mechanism must adopt local procedural guidelines.
This bill makes changes to the Georgia Reservoir Fund. The fund is renamed the Georgia Reservoir and Water Supply Fund and extends the authority of GEFA’s water supply division to make loans and grants to local governments for various projects in addition to just increasing the capacity of existing reservoirs. The bill clarifies that loans and grants can be made to local governments for water supply, monitoring, distribution, conservation, or maintenance facilities, not just water storage facilities.
This bill would require applicants for a permit for a sludge land application system to provide written verification to the Director of EPD by the applicant that the proposed facility complies with local zoning (if any). It would also require that any public hearings conducted the Environmental Protection Division and the applicant for the permit be held within the jurisdiction of the local governing authority where the proposed sludge land application site is located.
This legislation would mandate that cities with water and wastewater permits report monthly to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division the amount of water returned to surface water. If certain percentage return milestones are not met, the permit holder would be prohibited from adding any service connections.