Loganville’s mayor and council are encouraging residents to contact their local state representatives to express concern about House Bill 302. Concerns about vinyl siding stem from a fire in 2007 at The Villages. (Courtesy City of Loganville)

Loganville encouraging residents to speak out against HB 320

Loganville’s mayor and council are encouraging residents to contact their local state representatives to express concern about House Bill 302. City officials believe the bill would drastically limit their ability to regulate housing construction and prevent the use of better materials inside city limits.

If passed, the bill will prohibit local governments from “adopting or enforcing ordinances or regulations relating to or regulating building design elements as applied to one or two-family dwellings” as well as revise the term ‘zoning’ as it relates to zoning procedures.

Loganville’s current city standards do not allow for the use of vinyl siding, requiring Hardiplank (or similar material) or brick for most construction. City leaders site durability and fire safety among reasons they discourage vinyl siding.

Loganville’s state senators are: Sen. Bill Cowsert (Walton County residents), Sen. Gloria Butler (Gwinnett residents south of S.R. 20), and Sen. P.K. Martin (Gwinnett residents north of S.R. 20). Loganville’s state representative is Rep. Tom Kirby.

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