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Athens-Clarke County commissioners meet tonight for their last voting session of the year

A rendering of one of the proposed house styles for the Micah’s Creek project.
Athens Area Habitat for Humanity
A rendering of one of the proposed house styles for the Micah’s Creek project.

Athens-Clarke County commissioners meet tonight for their last voting session of the year. Among the items in front of commissioners are two proposals which supporters say would make a dent in the county’s affordable housing shortage.

Athens Area Habitat for Humanity is proposing a new neighborhood, called Micah’s Creek, on Little Oak Street. The development as planned would provide 63 new homes in an array of sizes.

District 3 Commissioner Tiffany Taylor represents the area. She spoke at an agenda-setting meeting last month.

To see this developed and for it to be developed by Habitat is a commissioner's dream - my dream,” she said. “It gives families hope that they'll have a home of their own that they can own.”

Commissioners are also expected to vote on a larger subdivision proposed for Newton Bridge Road which would create 216 new single-family homes.

District 2 Commissioner Melissa Link had reservations about the plan.

“I just feel like it's the same kind of homogeneous sprawl that has kind of gotten us into some of the problems we're into where, you know, you don't have a whole lot of services and commercial entities serving these dozens and dozens and dozens of family homes,” Link said at a meeting in November.

Tonight’s Mayor and Commission meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be streamed on the county’s YouTube channel.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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