F’ville Council prepares to ease permitting path for Pinewood

It may have been a housekeeping item, but the first reading of a zoning amendment dealing with building and environmental permitting will provide for back lot productions at Pinewood Atlanta Studios.

“Due to the new and unique endeavors occurring regularly at Pinewood Atlanta Studios, staff has recently discovered some conflicts with the city’s building permit requirements and what is actually exempted from permitting by the International Building Code (IBC), which the state of Georgia requires as a minimum standard,” city Community Development Director Brian Wismer said in a Feb. 26 letter.

Wismer said after meeting recently with Pinewood’s staff, on-site production companies and civil engineers regarding temporary back lot sites and construction which will be occurring regularly on the site, staff recommended that certain exemptions contained in the IBC be added to the city’s code of ordinances.

“Enacting these amendments will allow film productions within the city to more easily construct temporary set designs without unnecessary procedural delays. It will also provide clarity on some additional, smaller scale construction projects that should be exempted from permitting,” Wismer said.

There was little discussion on the agenda item which was subsequently posted for first reading.