The Atlanta City Council approved legislation Monday to provide for a comprehensive update to the city’s impact fee program. The city assesses impact fees on new developments to help pay for the expanded capital facilities that will be required to serve new residents and businesses that will occupy the developments. Impact fees are assessed for transportation, parks, police and fire facilities. “We must make sure our impact fee structure is practical, effective and fiscally responsible,” said District 7 Council member Howard Shook, who introduced the legislation. “We haven’t updated our impact fees since 1993. This legislation ensures the steps are taken to review our impact fee program and get it on the right financial footing.”
A meeting of the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest Study Group will be held Jan. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Salvation Army Kroc Center, 967 Dewey St. SW. There will be updates on construction of the Southwest Trail and the opportunity to meet the contractor for the western segment extending from the Westside Trail on University Avenue SW to Pittsburgh Yards on University Avenue. For more information, visit
The 2020 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show returns Jan. 16-19 bringing nearly 30,000 people to the Georgia World Congress Center. The show, now in its 58th year, will feature more than 600 of the newest boats available, along with the latest advancements in marine accessories, technology and gear. Tickets are on sale now at, with $3 off advance online tickets until Jan. 15.