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Meeting on new Vacant Property Registry

1/17/2014, 9:45 p.m.

The third and final public information meeting about the recently created DeKalb Vacant Property Registry will be held on Jan. 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Wade Walker YMCA in Stone Mountain.

Interim CEO Lee May and the Board of Commissioners have been hosting the sessions.

The Vacant Property Registry ordinance passed by the board in December takes effect in March.

It creates a record of unoccupied properties designed to protect neighborhoods from becoming blighted through the lack of adequate maintenance and security of properties that are vacant.

The county already has a foreclosure registry. Under the new ordinance, owners must register vacant properties with the county and provide accurate up-to-date contact information or face a $1,000 fine.

County spokesman Burke Brennan said it will make it easier for county officials to follow up if a property is not being maintained and ensure that maintenance costs rest with the property owner. A local agent can be designated by the owner as the contact person for such communications.

“Improperly maintained and unsecure vacant properties can become a hazard to the health and safety to the general public and can negatively affect the aesthetic and economic attributes of communities,” Brennan said.

Difficulties often arise in locating the person responsible for maintenance of vacant properties, Brennan said.

The DeKalb Vacant Property Registry will be used as a tool to comprehensively address these concerns.

The DeKalb County Code Compliance Division enforces codes/ordinances related to property maintenance, zoning, planning, special land use, signs and permits.

Wade Walker YMCA is at 5605 Rockbridge Road. For more information, email foreclosureregistry@dekalbcountyga.gov or call 404-371-2289.