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Proposed bill would ban neighborhood design plans in Thomasville

Posted: 6:39 PM, Mar 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-08 23:39:07Z
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The city of Thomasville not loving a bill that stirred up debate over property rights at the Georgia legislature. The bill currently is in the state house.

The Rose City is known for the Victorian charm all around town.

City leaders tell WTXL neighborhoods like Victoria Place and Mitchell Place might have looked a little different if this bill had become a reality.

House Bill 302 would have taken away a local government's ability to set rules on what color you can paint your home or the styles of roof or porch that you can use.

Thomasville does have its own design standards, something this bill would have shot down.

"We believe that the decisions made about the community some come within our community and not the state level," said Kenneth Thompson, the City Planner of Thomasville.

Thompson says he's heard from residents who want to make sure design standards don't push home prices out of reach for most people.

He also says the city will continue to prioritize affordable housing.

Whatever the outcome may be, the city is says they plan to follow regulations given by the state government.