The City of South Fulton is combating code violations not only with citations, but also education.
The Community Development and Regulatory Affairs Department is continuing its Power of Compliance seminar series this month. The next session will take place Thursday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road.
The seminar helps citizens increase their regulatory knowledge. Officials hope that if they are given the tools to stay in compliance, the number of violations and the need for citations will decrease.
“We are one of few cities in Georgia that hold seminars on how to avoid citations,” said Shayla Reed, Community Development and Regulatory Affairs Director. “Power of Compliance will educate residents on how to maintain safe and desirable living and working environments.”
In the past, Reed has said that many residents who are cited don’t realize they are in violation. In South Fulton, issues that can be grounds for a citation include junk and abandoned vehicles, dumping, parking on grass and failure to maintain your lawn or the exterior of your home.
In addition to providing information on how to avoid code violations, the Power of Compliance teaches residents about planning and zoning applications, land disturbance applications, sanitation regulations and the SeeClickFix app, where issues can be reported and tracked.
Residents will also be able to interact, face-to-face, with city development experts during the event, and have their questions and concerns addressed.
“We do not intend to cite, procure fees or send residents to jail,” said Reed. “This is an opportunity for residents to educate themselves on preemptive measures they can take to avoid citations and comply with city regulations.”