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Atlanta Considers Inclusionary Zoning Along BeltLine, Near Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Inclusionary zoning means developers would be encouraged or required to include affordable housing when building.
Inclusionary zoning means developers would be encouraged or required to include affordable housing when building.
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Some rapidly changing parts of Atlanta may see more affordable housing. That’s according to two pieces of legislation introduced to the City Council.

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The ordinances would bring inclusionary zoning both to the neighborhoods near Mercedes-Benz Stadium and around the Atlanta BeltLine.

That would mean developers would be required to include affordable housing when they build apartments with more than 10 units there.

The legislation provides two options to developers: They would have to either make 15 percent of units affordable to people with 80 percent of area median income, or build 10 percent of units so they’re affordable to 60 percent of the area median income.

If the legislation passes, it would be the first instance of inclusionary zoning in the city of Atlanta, according to Atlanta Planning Commissioner Tim Keane.