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ACC Commissioners approve new housing incentives

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners soared through about two dozen votes during a short Tuesday night meeting.

All of the agenda items on Tuesday’s meeting were non-controversial, a change from other recent commission meetings which have gotten testy at times.

One of the highest-profile items on Tuesday’s agenda was an inclusionary zoning measure, which would give developers incentives in return for the developer’s commitment to include affordable housing in new construction. Supporters of the measure say it could help ease a growing affordable housing problem in Athens.

Commissioner Ovita Thornton told her colleagues, "This to me is what 'progressive' looks like. Progressive is slow, but I don't think there is any division on how this turned out or the direction it's going."

That measure passed unanimously.

Commissioners also unanimously approved a new transit agreement between the county and the University of Georgia, which would see ACC taking over responsibility for a bus route connecting UGA’s Health Sciences Campus in Normaltown with the downtown and North Campus area.

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