Published on January 19th, 2016 |2
Council president: zoning code should require affordable housing
That’s one idea Mitchell has for the future. While the city’s streak for attracting jobs has been impressive during 2015, Mitchell told Bisnow the “constant thread” that keeps coming up in discussions is affordable housing.
“I think affordable housing policy is going to be critical to our future,” Mitchell said, both to attract workforce residents and businesses. Since the recession, he said Atlanta has “gotten behind the eight-ball” in terms of addressing a growing disparity of rents and average salaries.
Mitchell told Bisnow the city does have tools to encourage affordable developments—tax abatement or direct lending—but he would like to see inclusive zoning policies in the coming rewrite of the city’s zoning ordinance, which would require a certain number of affordable units for every new development.
Now that many people are moving into the city—many of them Millennials—thanks to a robust multifamily housing market, Mitchell told Bisnow the question will be how the city encourages them to mature in the city without heading back to the suburbs once they marry and start families.
Mitchell said that will heighten the importance of two issues for city council: public safety and better schools. “Even though City Council doesn’t have any direct control over education, it’s going to be extremely important that we partner” with the Atlanta school board.
Mitchell was one of the panel members for Bisnow’s Jan. 19 morning forum on the “Atlanta 2016 Forecast” at the W Midtown hotel. Click here for the article.