Thank you for reading the first edition of The Perimeter Perspective; the Monthly Newsletter of your Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s Government Affairs Committee.


  • In late June, GAHBA members held a very productive follow-up meeting with Atlanta officials including Planning Commissioner Tim Keane, Project Manager Elizabeth Johnson, Arborist David Zaparanick, and Andrew Walter to continue our discussion of the tree protection ordinance rewrite. Attendees included GAHBA President Vince Longo (Longo Custom Builders), GAHBA Board Members John Beach (Paces Construction), Steve Brock (Brock Built), Todd Hager (Edward Andrews Homes), Stokely Weinberg (Stokesman Luxury Homes), GAHBA Members Jim Cheeks (RedBrick Homes), Chris Spencer (Spencer-Love Homes), and Carl Valenzano (TEC – The Erosion Company).
  • On August 22nd the Atlanta City Council will hold a work session on the Tree Protection Ordinance rewrite and the following week on August 29th, city officials will be speaking about this issue at the Inner Atlanta Chapter lunch.
  • We have updated our “Position Paper,” which explains our goals and our vision for the tree ordinance rewrite. Please Click Here to review.
  • The GAHBA and the Tree Ordinance Task Force have been working on this issue since the very beginning, and we are asking that you help us with some grassroot efforts by contacting the Atlanta City Council and voicing your support of private property rights.


  • The County is considering changes to its Conservation Subdivision Ordinance. The most significant proposed change will be that the Board of Commissioners must approve all new conservation subdivisions.
  • The GAHBA is working with Jeff Watkins, Director of Planning and Zoning, to get a complete list of the proposed changes and will be sitting down with him and his team to ensure that builder’s concerns are heard. Please Click Here to learn more information.



  • In the next several weeks, the County will begin holding public hearings on the “Forsyth County Tree Protection and Replacement Ordinance.” (Click Here to view).
  • The black letters are the current language in the County’s tree ordinance while the red and green letters are the additions that the County is proposing. We ask that you review the proposed tree ordinance and let us know your thoughts. We want to get builder feedback to the County Commissioners as soon as possible.



The next GAC meeting will be on Tuesday, August 20th at the GAHBA offices in Dunwoody. We encourage all members, big or small, builder or associate, who are looking to get more involved to attend!
As always, if you see something, say something.