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Understanding Ordinances

M. Qader A. Baig

As defined by the Georgia Municipal Association, ordinances are written laws adopted by a city or town’s government. Yet, while theses ordinances are permanent laws that are actively enforced, state and federal regulations override contradictory city ordinances. Chances are, you’ve heard of the following: rezoning of property, amendments to local zoning, land development decrees, alcohol regulations, and public safety directives. Even so, understanding ordinances requires some knowledge of how each city adopts these laws, including the number of readings and meetings required, and if state laws play a role in the approval of the ordinance.

For the most part, the proposal or draft of an ordinance begins with its first reading, which occurs during a city counsel meeting. Members of the local government in attendance participate in discussion, where edits are made. Next, there is a second reading. In some cases, members will discuss further edits following the second reading. When it comes to particular ordinances such as zoning or financial, a public hearing may be required. In turn, ordinances that greatly impact a community are often posted in a public forum for city-wide access.

Because the validity and relevance of an ordinance may come under question, it is important to consider the city’s charter, as well as preciously adopted ordinances when composing a draft. However, with no particular draft format provided, a qualified government law attorney is best positioned to compose and review the proposed ordinance. Specifically, the title and preamble, including multiple clauses and definitions, must be clearly defined, organized, and backed by truth in accordance with the law.

What are drafted ordinances purposed to accomplish? As an example, suppose a group of individuals have determined that a change needs to take place regarding local law on a particular subject, and they feel as though a new ordinance or amendment is better applicable or provides a better solution.

Whatever the case, an experienced attorney is necessary, given the many factors to be considered including the scope of the ordinance, its clarity, and the host of legal considerations.

Since 2009, Attorney M. Qader A. Baig has provided general counsel for all legal matters in Rockdale County, including drafting of ordinances. With a comprehensive perspective of the law, Mr. Baig understands that every legal practice is an opportunity to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals, while improving their lives. Without question, Attorney Baig works tirelessly, with specialized attention given to each case. Call M. Qader A. Baig & Associates, LLC for outstanding legal guidance and representation.

Posted on behalf of M. Qader A. Baig & Associates, LLC Attorneys and Counselors at Law

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