Affordable Housing has been a hot button issue across the country for some time now. Cities, both large and small, are toiling over how to balance private property rights and a community desire to keep homes “affordable”. That makes it no surprise that all across the metro area, elected officials and candidates running for Mayor and City Council are making this one of their top priorities.
In the City of Atlanta, affordable housing or “workforce” housing discussions inevitably becomes a “my plan is better than yours” at various community meetings and candidate forums. Surprisingly, the City of Sandy Springs has included a mandatory inclusionary zoning statute in their 2017 Comprehensive Plan, which is scheduled for a vote at their August 15th meeting. To review a previous story on Sandy Spring’s plan click here.
The Mayor and Council in Brookhaven commissioned a task force in 2016 to come up with recommendations for the City to best preserve the City of Brookhaven while having balanced growth for the future. In a meeting attended by the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® Mayor John Ernst stated, “…with home values going like they are, I can’t afford today to buy the house that I live in right now; that we bought 5 years ago.”
While the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® understands the need workforce housing within the various cities, we also believe in private property rights and understand the unfortunate consequences of “mandatory” inclusionary zoning. Our Government Affairs staff will continue to work with the various municipalities to develop sensible solutions to this issue.