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New affordable housing district proves city could beef up inclusionary zoning policies

Developers in some Westside Atlanta neighborhoods will soon have to abide by new rules regarding affordable housing when reimagining property in the fast-evolving area.

On Monday, the Atlanta City Council adopted legislation that creates the “Westside Park Affordable Workforce Housing District,” which includes neighborhoods encompassing the soon-to-be-completed Westside Quarry Park — such as Grove Park, Center Hill and Carey Park — as well as the massive property tech giant Microsoft plans to revamp.

Firms that develop within the new district will be beholden to rules mirroring the city’s inclusionary zoning policies, which require developers to earmark a number of new residential units for affordable housing — or pay an “in-lieu fee” to opt out of the requirements.

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