Atlanta's strength lies, in large part, with its social, generational, and economic diversity. As we grow, our city must remain a place where people of all incomes can find a home and build a sustainable life. Opportunity is in our civic DNA and affordable housing helps preserve opportunity. Housing affordability is also an economic development and transportation issue. The closer one can live to their place of work, the less transportation time and cost, the more livable the city becomes for all of us, and the more businesses can build with a reliable workforce.
While the market is a powerful and worthy force, the City can use zoning, especially where public dollars have been invested, to protect the diversity that has helped us flourish and that contributes to Atlanta's cultural and economic strength. New development and housing affordability are not mutually exclusive, even in our in-demand neighborhoods.
Amir will leverage his relationships with community leaders, affordable housing advocates, elected officials, and developers to ensure that the neighborhoods in District 2 can be home to multiple income levels.
As our next City Councilmember, Amir will, among others:
- Advocate for inclusionary zoning that provides housing for those who earn 30-80% of Area Median Income ("AMI"), in areas where public investment has created the incentive for development (e.g., the Beltline overlay);
- Explore zoning that will allow density bonuses along corridors that are appropriate for density (e.g., Ponce de Leon, Boulevard, Moreland). This will allow developers to build more units and more floors in exchange for more affordable housing units.
- Work with developers to ensure additional workforce housing for those making at or above slightly above AMI, an additional area of need in the city;
- Support tax abatements and expansion of the homestead exemption for seniors and residents with limited income;
- Work tirelessly to ensure homeowners can remain in their homes as property vales rise;
- Push the City to lobby the State to cap how much property assessments can increase annually;
- Encourage the Atlanta Housing Authority to develop its vacant land for low-income and workforce housing;
- Support efforts to reduce parking requirements (or include a parking maximum) for development near transit;
- Explore the utility of a city affordable housing fund that developers can pay into to support development of affordable housing units; and
- Support high-quality, dense, multi-family development along appropriate corridors.