Box 5, Folder 7, Document 11

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Box 5, Folder 7, Document 11

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The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board of Direcfors, through the work of the
Chamber's Housing ann Redevelopment Committee~ has supported vigorously from
the outset the efforts of the Mayor's Housing Resources Committee to relieve the
city's shortage of housing for low income families.
As a result of its investigation of this pr~blem, the Housing and Redevelopment
Committee delivered to this Board in August, 1967 a report entitled "The Low..:.Rent
Housing Gap in Atlanta," which ir.cluded specific information underlining the critical
nature of the housing need. This Board was informed by the report that the process
,of rezoning land suitable and feasible for multi-family, low-rent housing appears to
be the single most difficult obstacle in the task of' providing, during a five-year .
. period, some 16,800 units of the type housing required. The Bo·a rd also was made
aware that available vacant land is scarce within the City of Atlanta for any use, and
outlying areas have not seen fit to qualify for programs which allow construction of
federally-insured housing of the type which would help meet the current need.
A resolution by this Board in September, 1967 urged immediate steps by the
City of Atlanta Planning Department and the Board of Aldermen to adopt an updated
land use plan, from which a new zoning ordinance could be evolved. The resolution
further declared: " ... Any new zoning plan adopted by the City of Atlanta should make
provision for adequate land for m ulti-family housing and open up land for increased
density of housing in all quadrants of the city, in order to serve the best interests
of a changing and progressive City of Atlanta. 11 .
Since that time, diligent study has been given by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
to a proposed "package zoning plan, 11 the purpose of which would be to rezone simultaneously several s ites of l and thr oughout the city for development in public housing.
Be it resolved that the Atlanta Chamber of Commer ce Board of Directors reiterates its position in support of dispersing multi-fam ily housing to all quadrants of
the city.
And be it further resolved that the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
supports the pr inciple of the package zoning proposal as an approach well worth considering toward the efforts to alleviate this serious problem in our community.
Adopted by the Board of Directors
Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
April 10, 1968

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