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Savannah homebuilders group against proposed county ordinance
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Bryan County officials have been besieged lately by residents opposed to more development.

Tuesday, developers weighed in. 

The Homebuilders Association of Greater Savannah sent out a press release opposing an interim development ordinance under consideration by Bryan County Commissioners, saying it would have a "chilling effect on homebuilding in unincorporated Bryan County."

The group was expected to address commissioners at Tuesday's evening's meeting, when the board was expected to hold a first reading of the ordinance. 

A second reading has to be held before the ordinance can be adopted. 

More on this story in Thursday's Bryan County News. In the meantime, here's the release:

"The Homebuilders Association of Greater Savannah is extremely concerned over an Interim Development Ordinance that the Bryan County Commissioners will be considering adopting on First Reading at this afternoon’s Commission meeting."

"The changes Bryan County is considering will make the cost of housing increase considerably with a projected $15,000 increase in base prices on new homes. The Interim Development Ordinance proposes the following Design Standards be adopted for all new single family residential housing: 

• Ban the use of vinyl siding 

• All garage entries must be set back at least 5 feet from the front of the house 

• The width of the garage can be no greater than 50% of the overall width of the house 

• At least four roof planes must be visible from the front property line • Require balconies and covered entrances to all houses. This is all for single family residential.

 • No more than two different materials can be used on the front of a residence 

• Multi-family developments can have no more than 6 units in a single building 

• All units above the first floor should have private balconies no smaller than 10' by 6' 

"These are just a few of the recommended Design mandates that will have a chilling effect on homebuilding in unincorporated Bryan County and will price many buyers out of the market, driving them to other, less restrictive jurisdictions to find housing. Representatives of the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah will appear before the Bryan County Commission to speak in opposition to adoption of this Interim Development Ordinance."

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