Why Gwinnett Opposes Bills Regulating Housing Standards

Gwinnett County opposes 2 bills that would undermine local governments’ ability to establish community design standards. (Shutterstock)

Lawrenceville, Ga., March 7, 2019) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners has forwarded a resolution to the Gwinnett legislative delegation opposing two bills that would undermine local governments’ ability to establish community design standards and encourage economic development.

The resolution says that House Bill 302 and Senate Bill 172 would negatively affect quality of life issues, including economic growth and the health, safety and welfare of Gwinnett residents. The bills, the resolution says, would prohibit local governments from regulating building design elements in single or double family dwellings.

The resolution states that building design standards protect property values, attract high-quality developers, and encourage development and redevelopment. Building design standards also assure residents and business owners that their investments will be protected and that the standards help ensure affordable housing options are available without sacrificing Gwinnett’s unique character or threatening economic growth.

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