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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Statement on Passage of Legislation Codifying Westside Park Construction Moratorium into Code

—Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued the following statement upon the passage of legislation to codify into City Code her Executive Order directing the Office of Buildings and the Office of Zoning and Development to "refuse to accept new applications for rezonings, building permits for new construction, land disturbance permits, special use permits, special administrative permits, subdivisions, replattings, and lot consolidations for non-public projects" in the neighborhoods surrounding Westside Park to address rapid gentrification occurring in the area.

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"Longtime residents deserve the assurance that progress does not push them out of the very communities they built," said Mayor Bottoms. "This moratorium allows the City to build planning and implementation efforts that ensure thoughtful and equitable development."

Last month, Mayor Bottoms issued an Executive Order and subsequent legislation to enact the following measures:
  • Request that the Department of City Planning identify the Immediate Impact Area which is being most affected by the development of the Westside Park;     Develop an Equitable Development Framework for the Immediate Impact Area;     Re-engage the Westside Park and other Beltline parks in the Immediate Impact Area;     Align activities in the One Atlanta Housing Affordability Action Plan;     Develop a Westside Park Transportation Plan in alignment with the One Atlanta Strategic Transportation plan;     Identify City or other public agency-controlled land located in the immediate impact area.

You can read Mayor Bottoms' Executive Order at this link.

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