The Atlanta City Council voted this afternoon to create a film office to streamline permits and traffic approvals for the city’s booming movie and TV industry. The office will also issue notifications to residents and businesses when productions will be filming in their neighborhoods.
During a public hearing last month, residents from around the city complained about the disruptions to neighborhoods caused by location shooting. Councilman Michael Julian Bond said he was in favor of the film office, especially after a recent incident on Argonne Avenue in Midtown where a film shoot caused traffic havoc for residents. “There was no one for those folks to call and there was no one to hold accountable,” Bond said. “We need to get this established and done for accountability.”
The economic impact of the film industry on Atlanta was 3.1 billion in 2012, according to a report from the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office.