House Bill 302 failed to win enough support to move forward in the Georgia Legislature. It would have prevented cities and counties from setting design restrictions on homes. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Home design bill doesn’t make it out of House

The controversial bill that would prevent cities and counties from setting design restrictions on homes appears to have failed to stay alive this year.

House Bill 302, as well as its Senate companion, did not make it to the floor for a vote Thursday, when bills generally must pass either the House or Senate to move forward.

The bill would have prevented municipalities from imposing design standards on family houses, including restrictions on building material, color and layout. It was backed by home builders, who argued that owners should have the freedom to design their homes like they want without interference.

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The bill passed the House Agriculture Committee on Feb. 20, but it received swift condemnation from city officials. Cities warned that residents could be free to construct poorly designed homes if the bill passed. Groups like the Home Builders Association of Georgia, however, said that would be unrealistic since home designs are market-driven.

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