I Support It, But . . .

I wonder if something so complicated can get passed this late in the session. They are distracted by other matters.

Legislation has been revived that would give developers a new way to finance projects that basically amount to new towns.

The idea is often called “private cities,” though backers cringe at a label they consider to be a misnomer, as well as at the unpopular images the name conjured up last year as similar legislation died.

The new legislation exempts the controversial Oaky Woods land in Houston County, meaning it could not be developed as a so-called private city, said state Sen. Johnny Grant, R-Milledgeville, the bill’s sponsor.

I know lots of people have serious objections to community development districts and I can’t blame people for objecting. But I think it will make Georgia more competitive against states like South Carolina and Florida that are attracting wealthy retirees to their states in planning community districts like Georgia cannot build.

Of course, the turn about is, these districts usually attract wealthy retirees who move to the state, don’t have to pay most taxes anymore thanks to the GOP, and then get into the healthcare system at the end of life and drive up costs.

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4 comments

  1. griftdrift says:

    The softer name for them are Neighborhood or Business Improvement Districts. They are not a bad idea but they do have downsides. Let’s try Adelman’s townships first and see how that works.

  2. Clint Austin says:

    This bill has been worked on extensively throughout the interim and the beginning of this session by the various parties (ACCG, GMA, others), so it being introduced late is part of the plan and not an indication of no support.

    In fact, at this point, ACCG and GMA are either neutral or in favor of the bill. The bill also has a key Democrat co-sponsor (Sen. Steve Thompson) and the bill is already scheduled for committee action on Wednesday.

    This is a good bill and will do a great deal of good for GA.

  3. Clint Austin says:

    Also – Adelman’s bill has some strong merits to it, but it should not be confused with community development districts.

    The biggest reason – CDD’s do not have zoning powers, and Adelman’s townships do. Zoning would truly make CDD’s into “private cities” and that has never been the intent (regardless of what the media has reported).

    CDD’s are primarily a financing mechanism that extends self-taxing powers from the already-existing CID law. CID’s are focused on commercial properties while CDD’s would be more focused on residential properties, but the principle is the same: property owners can agree to tax themselves to pay for infrastructure they need.

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