Box 5, Folder 11, Document 66

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February 21, 1968

To: Mr. Cecil A. Alexander, Chairman

Housing Resources Committee

Please note the attached sheet which shows results of the Planning Board's
action February 1) on rezoning petitions for housing, most of which appear to
involve potential low-income housing sites.

Note also that of the three largest tracts, two were denied and one was
deferred, The largest tract (23 acres) adjacent to the I-20 expressway was
denied because it does not nite to the Collier Heights Plan. It appears that
thie area, zoned Rel; and immediately adjacent to I-20, could be more appropriately
and effectively used now for apartments, rather than for single-family as provided
in the Collier Heights Plan. Subsequent to original adoption of the plan this
area has been cut by two major expressways, I-20 and 1-285. This should alter
some of the earlier concepts. .

Out of a possible 790 units for which rezoning was requested February lh,
for practical purposes $70 units have already been lost in the first rounds and
there are two more rounds to go (the Zoning Committee and Board of Aldermen).

Time is also working against the Low-income Housing Program, Unless we can
tle down soon adequate sites for a sufficient number of units to meet the total
requirements of the Low-income Housing Program, we may expect the going to get
tougher the longer we wait.

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Memorandum To: Mr. Cecil A. Alexander, 21 Feb. 68

The Collier Heights Plan, Peyton Road Plan, Boulder Park Plan, blanket
rezoning several years ago of very extensive areas in the Southwest and the
Southeast quadrants of the City (in attempts to deter, if not prevent, con-
struction of 221 houses) were each approved separately and apparently without
consideration and adequate provision for low=income housing. When put ati
together, those five major planning actions taken previously in areas where
most of the available land is, in effect now actually prevents fair competition
in those areas for available sites by the builders of low-income housing.

It is those plans, previously adopted for the express purpose of stabilising
specific neighborhoods, which are now providing the mechanism for keeping out the
City's currently much needed low-income housing, on sites that are vacant and
otherwise available. Actually what is needed now is another plen for approval,
i.e. "A Low-income Housing Plan" of City wide scope.

Consideration and re-evaluation at this time of all elements involved and
reestablishment of policy at the Mayor and Board of Aldermen level, in relation
to the City's current overall needs, is essential for the Low-income Housing
Program to meet ite goals.

Malcolm D. Jones
Housing Coordinater

Enel: Planning Board Action Feb. 1) on rezoning petitions for housing.

ec: Mr, Dan E. Sweat, Jr.

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