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Mayor and Commission to vote on inclusionary zoning, transit agreement

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A full agenda for the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission meeting can be found here.

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission will meet Tuesday night for a monthly voting session.

Items to be voted on include the long-discussed voluntary inclusionary zoning amendment. If approved, the amendment would create incentives for new developers to include affordable housing units as part of larger housing projects.

The amendment proposes changing local ordinances to give developers breaks on existing requirements, including parking and ground-floor commercial development. In return, multi-family housing developments must include 5-20% of units for people at or below 60% or 80% of area median income, dependent on zoning.

The commission is also expected to vote on a transit agreement between Athens-Clarke County and the University of Georgia that would add UGA’s Health Sciences route to local bus service, set to begin this August and run through June 2023. Route service would be funded by American Rescue Plan funds.

When county transit went fare-free in September 2020, UGA stopped receiving its share of funding from the Small Transit Intensive Cities program, which uses ridership data to dole out dollars for public transit programs. The new agreement replaces UGA’s portion with a joint project — the Health Sciences route — while keeping transit free for everyone.

Other items include approval of grant funding for a mobile 911 center and for a nearly $462,000 settlement between the county and construction company, Caterpillar Inc., which overpaid taxes for three years.