Accessory Dwelling Units- A New Standard?

Overview

What:

Legislation introduced to allow accessory dwelling units (micro-housing) and to reduce the parking requirements for micro-housing.

Micro-housing exists in other large metropolitan areas including Seattle, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Boston.

The text amendment would allow micro-housing as a permitted accessory use in the R-5 District. The unit must be 750 square feet or less. The total number of units on the property cannot exceed two including the accessory dwelling unit. Except in the case of home occupations, no accessory use shall be permitted or allowed for a commercial nature. Accessory dwelling units may not be subdivided from their lot.

Why:

  • To provide for additional housing options for residents desiring to live a simple lifestyle.
  • To encourage another form of walkable urbanism which is healthy for adults.
  • To attract millennials to the urban core by offering more affordable living.
  • To allow for a different housing option that appeals to adults with no children.
  • To provide for an affordable housing option that is attainable for Generation Y and aging Baby Boomers.

There are five reasons driving the interest in micro-housing

  1. Economics: There is a lower cost of living associated with micro-housing. The smaller the house the less likely you are to pay for building and insurance costs, taxes, and utilities, making micro-housing more affordable for recent college graduates, victims of financial crisis, or retirees.
  2. Demographics: It is estimated that 26% of American households consist of a single person living alone. Demographers believe that the trend will continue.
  3. Green Living: Many who aspire to the minimalistic lifestyle believe that living in micro-housing reduces their ecological footprint.
  4. Simpler Living: Many who have adopted the minimalistic lifestyle report living a happier life.
  5. Technology: Modern technology allows the luxury of not owning some personal goods and services and allows outsourcing of items through car services, music services, laundry services, food services, and chore services.

When:

The Zoning Review Board (ZRB) is scheduled to hold a public hearing on April 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 55 Trinity Avenue, S.W. For more information contact Mary Darby at mdarby@atlantaga.gov or (404) 546-6724.

Ordinance- CM Hall -Accessory Dwelling Units in R5 zoning- 3-10-17.docx

Z-17-09 Fact Sheet

No More Memorials on Memorial Drive

A memorial for Ms. Barbara Crawford, killed crossing Memorial Drive

Location: Peters Food Mart
1895 Memorial Dr SE
Kirkwood, Atlanta
Date: Monday, April 17 at 7 PM – 8 PM

On Monday, March 20, a woman was killed trying to cross Memorial Drive. Her name was Ms. Barbara Crawford. She was staying with friends on Campbell Street, getting ready for a trip out of town. That night, she needed a few things from the store so she walked to the end of the street, heading towards Peters Food Mart. She was hit by a speeding car as she tried to cross Memorial and did not survive. Her death in traffic was the second this year alone on this mile of Memorial Drive.

Let’s gather to remember Ms. Barbara, share stories, and find out what we can do to make Memorial safe for the people who live here. Please bring flowers, signs, teddy bears, or candles to leave in memory, so that she is not forgotten.

All are welcome to attend.

Rally to Preserve Historic Pullman Yard and Forest

Our last chance to show developers our demands for preservation and conservation. We have lost faith in the state to demand any, so we must show the community will demand preservdation of the historic buildings and conservation of green space.

Wednesday at 11 AM – 1 PM
225 Rogers St NE, Atlanta, GA 30317-1021

The next Atlanta Police Citizens Police Academy starts March 15!

Participants will learn about departmental procedures as well as hear about the many units that comprise the Atlanta Police Department, including 911, Internal Affairs, and the Training Academy. Citizens will participate in a zone ride-along and watch a K-9 demonstration. Participation requires a commitment of three hours, one night a week for an eight week period.

The Atlanta Citizens Police Academy includes twenty-plus hours of skilled and professional instruction delivered in three-hour sessions. Future citizen participants require
a one-night per week commitment over an eight-week period: Wednesday evenings 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Classes will be offered on the following subject matter:
• Department Overview
• Crime Scenes
• 911
• Internal Affairs
• Identity Theft
• Use of Force
• Criminal Procedure
• Active Shooter
• K9 Demonstration
• ZoneRide-A-Long
• Crisis Intervention
• AndMore!

Interested?

Download the application and brochure now!
Please email Suzanne Forte at sdforte@atlantaga.gov to receive the application. If you have any questions, you can call Sgt. Claxton at 404-209-5250.

http://www.atlantapd.org/Home/Components/News/News/60/17

Renew Atlanta Dekalb Avenue Public Meeting

Thursday, March 30, 2017 6-8pm
Liberty Baptist Church, 395 Chamberlain St. SE, 30312

Corridor improvements inclusive of milling and repaving, sidewalk and ADA ramp repair and installation, reversible lane removal and addition of bicycle facilities along DeKalb Avenue between MARTA Inman Park-Reynoldstown Station (Hurt Street) and City Limit. A fact sheet for the Dekalb Avenue Corridor Improvements was presented at the Inman Park Neighborhood meeting on February 15, 2017.

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