Box 5, Folder 8, Document 21

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i'II 1NUTES
SPEC IAL MEETI NG
HOUSING RESOURCES COMMITTEE VHT::I
ZONING COMi'llXTTEE AND
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
OF T!-IE BOllRD OF ALDERMEN
llugust 2 , 1968
The Special Meet i ng of t he ~-Xous i ng Itesources Committee wit h the
Zoni ng Comittee and the Pla nning and Development Committee of the
Board of ftlde r men was held at 2: 00 p .m., Fr iday, i n the ftlde r ma nic
Chamb ers, Secon d Fl oor , City Ha l l .
Agend a , i nvi t a t i onal notices , minutes t ake n by t he Pl anni ng
Depa r t ment , reso l ut i ons, a nd o t her r e lat e d documents a re at t ached
to the f ile copy of t he minutes.
1\.ttend_a nce by Memb e r s o f the Board o f Alder me n was as f o l lows: ·
Present: .·
Rodne y M• . Cook , Cha i rman
George Cots oid. s
Charles Le f t wic h
G. Evere tt Millica n
Jack Summers
Q . V • . Will i amson
Sam Massell ,. J r ., . President
Abse nt:
John•· Flanigen
Richard C. Freema n
E, Gregory Griggs
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Alderman Rodney M, Coolt opened the meeting by telling the group
the purpose of the meeting. He then introduced Mr 1 -Cecil A.- .
Alexander, Chairman of the Housing Re s ources Committee.
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Mr, . Alexander stated that the purpose of the
Committee was to assist by all possible means the
10, aoo units of low and moderate income housing, .
to serve as relocation f or persons to be moved by
roads, s chools a nd othe r government ac tion,
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These units were
urban renewal, new
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Mr. Alexander urged the Zoning Committee and Planning and
Development Committee of the Board o f l ldermen to s upport the
·\'- following ( a copy of his presentation is ~ttac he d to t he f ile c opy
o f these mi nutes ) :
1.
Es t abl i s hme nt o f a Committee of Ald<3rmen to be
responsible f or housing .
2,
Rev i se the Building CodESto permit innova t ions in
new techniq ues and mater i als , particula r l y i n
Experiment al . Housing in t he Model Cities area.
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Re vise the Non-Conforming Use Or dinance to permit
structural changes in ~es idential units , to mee t
requirements of the Ho using Code.
4.
Stepped- up Urban Renewal program in ex isting
slum areas .
5.
2,000 more Public Hous ing units.
6.
Updated District Zoning Map , incl udi ng adequate
areas f o r low-inc ome h o using .
Draft Resol u tions for presentation to the Bo ard o f Aldermen
to implement the above we re presented t o the Chairmen o f both
lUderma nic Committees (and hav e since b een pr o vided e ach member of
the Bo ard of lUdermen) .
Reso lu tio ns ~nd Lette r s o f 29 p~om i nent Civic, Religious and
Educationa l organiz at i c a s , s u p p ort ~ng t he Dou s i ng ~esources Committee
p roposa l , we r e prese n ted 2nd h eve bee n _r ovid ed e ac h flld ermen . (L i st
o f o rganiz at i o n s and d o cume n ts ~ t t a c h e d to fil e c o py of these IY
linu tes ) .
Mr . ~l ex and e r the n c all e d u pon t h e a tte nd ing memb e r s o f
s up p ort ine oreaniz a t ~ons to st and to b e r e c og nized. Ab o u t 1 50
p eop l e r es p onded .
Mr .
n e x a nder t hen in t r o duc e d Mr . De nv er Gra y , Vice -e ha irman of
t he Ho u s ine- a n d Red e ve l opr.!ent Comr.iit t e e o f
t h e f tl ant a Chamb e r o f
Comr.1e r ce .
Mr . Gray ::;t 2ted that the ;;~ous ~i.ni:s a nd Re dev e l o p r.ie nt Corr.mi t t ee
is t he Chambe r ta s k f o rce f or de aling wi t h all ma t t e r s pe r ta i ni ng
t o h o us L1e; in o m: c omr1uni ty . ,.,,his includ es a nnmber o f a re a s :
T he Urban Rene wzl Proera m, Public~ us ing , Cod e Enf o rc eme n t, and t h e
many ot her g over nment pr ograms r e l at ed to h o u s ing ; that t he
Commi tt ee ' s u ltimate goal , c o nde nsed to a s ing J.e phra s e , i s t o
h e lp make available dec e n t h ous ing f or all our peopl e.
He sta t ed that the Chambe r ' s p osition is tha t imrae di2te s t e ps
s hould be ta~en to &dopt an updated Land Us e ?lan f or the City o f
ftlan t a , from which a n ew Zonin8 Ordi nance could be evolv e d .
Suc h
a z onine: plan , G8id the Ch2,mber , should pr.o··, ide for adegu2te land
f o r mu lti-family b ousiilg and open up land f o r increas e d density
o f h o using in all quadrants of the Si ty .
MT , t lexander then introduced Dr . Be njam in E . Mays, Co-Chairman
of the Housing h esources Committee. Dr . Mays stated that the
Aldermen should update the District Zoning M~p of the City and
provide 13,a eq u.a te loc2lti ons for l ow-income housing :requi r ements .
He also state d that t he people s h oul d be put in differe nt aect i ons
of the C i ty only where it is economically possible .
M:r . l' lex a nder then ii)troduced M:cG. fl Glenn Parham , Jr. Pres id e:it
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of the Leag u e of Women Voters .
She stated that it wo u ld seem
mand at or y to zone a r eas i n a ll q u a d ra n ts o f the Ci ty f or d ifferent
type s o f hou s ing - l ow- rent , mul t i- f am i ly , etc. Wi tho ut thi s
d i spersa l , the b ur d e n b e c omes t oo g r ea t o n cert a in ar e as - as
regard s schools, r ec r eat i o na l f a c il ities , s h opp i ng comp lexes , et c .
Wi th d i spers al some r esideLts wo ul d b e b etter a ble to sec ur e
t r ans p or t a t i on to reac h j ob s i n o utly i ng a r eas.
Sou nd p l~ nn i ng
a nd jud iciou s zon i ne r e vi s i ons ar e nec e s s ar y f o r o rd e rly gr o wth .
De lay in acti ng u p on a ne w zoning p lan wi ll c omp o u nd the problems.
She u rged tha t ca re ful a tt e n ti o n t o b e givmto design ( b e a u t y a nd
li vi ng q uali t y ) - ope n sp 2c es and p a:ck land - sup p o rtive commun i t y
ser vi ces t o re duc e d a nge r of i sola ti o n a n d i n sec uri n~ c oope ra t i o n
of b o th new and o ld r e s i de n ts .
Mr . fl exa nder t hen a s k e d f o r c omment s f r om the di ff e re n t
o r gan i z a ti o ns on the !lR.C pr o p osa l .
M~ . Otis Th o rpe , Pr es id e nt of the Erapire Real Estate Bo ard
sa id t hat the Empire Real Es ta t e Do ard s u pport s we ll planne d a nd
proper z oning t o meet the h o using ne e d s of Qt l ant a .
We fir ml y
b e li e ve that bette r h o using g e n e rate s mo r e . job s, o cono6ic g r o~th,
r es ulting in ci t i z en perticipati o n in rai s ing t he s ta n dard of
l iv ing o f all 1l t l a ntans.
We r es pect f ully r eq u es t y o ur s u p p o r t
o n t his p r o posal .
Mr . Bob F l anigan , Ex e cut ive Decr e tary , At l a n t a Bra nch o f the
rfational i: ssociati o n for ;i.dvancement o f Co l o r e d People ( Nfl..fl.CP) st ated
that the NftDCP feels tha t the West o f Ltlanta already has too many
l o w- inc o me h o using units .
He s aid that t he NAf CP d o e s n o t want
any more housing un its in the West area , but pe r haps in othe r
sectors of the c : ty , and want s ass u rance th~t additi o nal d e v e l o pments will n o t be appr o ved in the wes t e rn part of the Ci ty un t il
o t her sectors get their e q uitable share .
Mr . John 8teinichen , III , Chairmen of Interfai t h , I~c ., stated
that immedi~te steps should be ta k e n by the City of J'tlanta ,
throu eh its Pla n ning Department and the Bo ard of Aldermen , to
adopt an updated L~nd UGe Plan , and that a new Zo ning Ordinance ,
based on the Land Use Plan , should be prepared f o r submission t o
the Board of fldermen at t he earliest possible time .
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s t at0d th3t equal recornr.i.endation should be given to the Zoning
Text , because of the flood phiin and other c o n s iderations .
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Mr. Milton C. Foster , President , Home Build ers hssociation of
Metropolitan Atlanta , Inc . stated that t h e Home Bui lders hssociation
calls u pon the Board of tlde rmen to move immediately toward study
implementation and development of a modern ordinance of land use '
controls , giving due regard and priority to the necessity for
increasGd and flexible density in all residential categories
which will encour age the production of architectural types
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known as mul ti-family buildin~s, town houses, row houses, and
condominium home ownership of any or all of such properties •
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Mr~ Dua n e Ge el.: , Ex ec u t i ve Dir e c to r o f t he Communi t y Co uncil
o f the t tlanta frea , Inc . st ated t hat t he Cit y o f ~ t lant a sho uld
a d o p t immed iate ly an u p d at e d Land Us e Plan a nd a new Zo ning
Ordinance , pe r mitt ing the d ev e l o pme n t o f l o w- income h o u sing o n
s e veral si t e s in all q uad r a nts o f t he Cit y o f h t lan t a .
Mr . George Rice , a privat e c i tizen , t211k ed a b o ut t he Rai l_ o ad
n venue si te .
He s aid tha t h e wa s in f a vo r of d ev e l oping t h i s
ar ea , b u t that t he are a was mo r e s u it8ble t o s ingle -fa mi l y h o u s ing
o r garden t ype a partment s ra t h e r th8 n higb -r iS e f o r the elderly .
Mr . C . D . LeBey fr o m the ~tla n t a Re a l Est a t e Board stat e d
tha t t he Atla n t e Rea l Estate Bo a rd su p ports a new Zo ni ng Or d inanc e
f o r t h e City , ~h ich wo u l d u pdate and ac kn o wledge t h e tr eme nd o us
cha n ges that b a ?e oc c u red s i nce lSBf , 2nd whic h ~ o ~ l d s ta b ilize
l a nd u ses ~or t h e f u t u r e ; that i t i G not o n ly esse n tial b u t
l o ng o v e r due ; t h nt i mme i8te s t eps s h o uld b e t aken by the Ci t y
o f fl tlanta , t h r o u~h its P lann ine De p art me nt and Bo ard o f Al de rmen ,
t o ado p t a n upd a ted L8nd Us e Pla n .
Al d erma n L od n ey M. Coo~ t he n int r odu ced Mr . Co lli e r Gladin ,
Planni n g Director . ~-1e stat 0 d t h at 10 , 3 DD ,m i ts 1' ·: r c n,::: odcd ::Z or
rel o cati o n ; t h at the ni r st y e a r ' s h o u sing n eed s have b e e n met,
but a l l t h e p r ob lems hav e n ot b een s o lv e d . He al so stated t ha t
Pub lic I:J:o u s ine; resour ces n eede d to b e i ncre~rne d .
'i'he pr o p osed
p la n s u ggests i d e a s o f c ontinu i ne e ff o t s f o r d is p ers a l for the
C i t y and r e g i o n a r o und the City .
T-Ie said t hat t h e i.•'eder..:il sur plus
land s h o u l d be u s e d f o r re l oc atio n of f a mi l i e s; that tim i ng o f
buil d ine o f n e w h o u s ing unit s s h o uld c oinc id e with the d i sp la c e ment o f p eopl e becaus e of Ur b2n Renew al , r o a ds , etc . ; t hat the
Plannins Depar t me n t · s r e ady to a ss i st a n d s up por t t h e 9 o u si ng
Res o u r cG s Commi tte e ·.n i ts eff o r t.
Be s tat e d t ha t t h e La n d Use
Pl a n s h o ul d b e set up wi t h an ad eq ua te a mo u nt o f la nd t hat 1i l l
meet the dens i t y o f p eop le in t~e n e x t 15 years; that chang ing
o f the Zo ning n·st r i c t Map i s a g ood sound planni n g pr i ncipl e .
M~ . tlex and e r rec ogn iz ed the pres ence of both Co- chairmen
th e :?.lousi ng Resource s r::: ommi t tee , D1.~ .
1.fa nf or d S . f~t wood , Pr e sident
of Emor y Univ ers it y and ;Jr . Be njam i n E . I,1ays , Pr es ident Eme rit u s
o f More ~ o use College (w bo bad already spoken ) .
of
tlderman G. Everett Millican q ues ti o ned Mr . Alexander on
s ev e ral p o int s o f the propos 2l and s tated that e nou g h h o u s ing
units s hould be built to ta k e care of displacement and gave his
views on 3overal aspects of the program .
Mr . flexander stated that betwGen Pcvember l , 1~67 and JUne
3'0 , 19GD, 2 , £C3 peopJ.e 2pplied for Public ':}ousin~ in ftlanta and
141 outsiders were turned down b ecause of the residen t ial
req u irement put on Public .dou sing .
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Al d erman Rodne y M. Cook stated t ha t time is o f the e ssence .
t ime t o d o s omet h irg ab o ut t h is p:;:- ob lem n o w .
Meet i ng wa s a dj o u r n e d at 4 : 00 p . m.
Respect fu lly s ub mi tted ,
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t s Liste d ( wi t h fi le c o py only )

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