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On the Agenda: Atlanta City Council Significant Legislative Items for Tuesday, Jan. 21

Post Date:01/17/2020 3:58 PM

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Atlanta, GA 30303

January 17, 2020

 On the Agenda: Atlanta City Council Significant Legislative Items for Tuesday, Jan. 21

ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council will consider legislation Tuesday encouraging the Georgia General Assembly to repeal the state’s prohibition on the ability of counties and municipalities to control or regulate rent for privately owned residential properties (Legislative Reference No. 20-R-3002). The legislation also encourages the legislature to review the state’s policies on rental properties to promote housing equity and affordability.

“We must find forward-thinking, innovative ways to increase affordable housing options in Atlanta,” said District 3 Council member Antonio Brown, the legislation’s primary sponsor. “This legislation asks the state legislature to give us more local control on this issue so that we can consider policy proposals aimed at stabilizing rent prices and reducing displacement in our city.”

The Council will also consider an ordinance to extend existing shareable dockless mobility device permits on a month-to-month basis (Legislative Reference No. 20-O-1019). In 2019, the Council approved 19-O-1429, which put a hold on new dockless mobility device permit applications and allowed current permit holders to continue operations until their permits expired. In February, permits are set to expire for 8,000 shareable dockless mobility devices across four companies.

“We want to make sure we maintain access to e-scooters for residents while the City considers the overall permitting process and the next steps for these devices,” said District 11 Council member Marci Collier Overstreet, who introduced the legislation. “It’s very important we create a safe and practical transportation environment as the number of mobility options grows in our city.”

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include:

• An ordinance to amend the City’s charter to create the Office of Inspector General (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1729). This item will also need to be considered by the Committee on Council before consideration by the full Council. As a charter amendment, the ordinance requires three reads and two adoptions by Council. Tuesday’s vote would be the second read and first adoption of the legislation.

• An ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2020 General Fund budget by transferring to and from appropriations in  the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of authorizing Invest Atlanta to make an Economic Opportunity Fund grant to Goodwill of North Georgia Incorporated (Legislative Reference No. 20-O-1016). The City established the Economic Opportunity Fund to increase the capital available for business growth and significant job creation. Goodwill of North Georgia proposes to transform a vacant parcel at or near 2160 Metropolitan Parkway into a 38,400 square foot state-of-the-art “Center for Workforce Innovation,” which would consist of a job training center, community space and retail space.

• An ordinance authorizing the mayor to extend the contractual agreement for 2017 Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) sponsors approved by 19-R-3626 for the purpose of various HOPWA projects (Legislative Reference No. 20-O-1013).

• An ordinance authorizing a donation not to exceed $23,500 from the District 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 and Posts 1 and 3 At-Large carry forward accounts to Hosea Helps to assist with the organization’s operations (Legislative Reference No. 20-O-1011).

• An ordinance authorizing the donation of funds in the amount of $180,000 to Hosea Helps to assist with the completion of building renovations (Legislative Reference No. 20-O-1005).

Members of the Council will present proclamations in honor of Claudie Nash of the Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department and Fran Henderson.

The Atlanta City Council will convene Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Council Chamber at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW.

About Atlanta City Council
The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

To learn more about the Atlanta City Council, please visit http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/. For the latest updates, follow the Atlanta City Council on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Contacts:        Zena Lewis                              zolewis@atlantaga.gov                       404-330-6309

                        Talia Moffitt                             tkmoffitt@atlantaga.gov                     404-546-1835 

                        Michael Ulmer                        mmulmer@atlantaga.gov                   404-330-6056

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