Improve the quality and affordability of housing

Improve the quality of living in our neighborhoods while avoiding the traditional side effects of gentrification by:

  1. Creating “Green Zones” aimed at undoing the damage of past redlining practices and grabbing properties in these zones up into the Landbank for redevelopment
  2. Capping the nominal increase in property taxes on homesteads in these Green Zones to protect low-income homeowners and new families from unaffordable tax increases that may result from property value increases
  3. Mandating a minimum amount of blighted properties taken into the land bank in these Green Zones be given to the Housing Authority to build affordable housing to keep traditionally low-income persons from being priced out of their neighborhoods
  4. Mandating that a minimum number of properties redeveloped with county funds be priced at an affordable rate for the historic residents of the area for at least 7 years

Use blight remediation as an opportunity for economic development by:

  1. Creating “Blight Management Teams” to maintain properties formally occupied by newly demolished blighted properties. These teams will employ members of the community they are servicing at a living wage
  2. Focusing blight remediation and community redevelopment on neighborhoods surrounding economic development initiatives, specifically in West Macon, Pleasant Hill, Houston Ave, and other mostly-low-income areas with empty but useable retail space
  3. Revitalize the commerce around Westgate and the Old Macon Mall to provide for economic growth in Bloomfield, Unionville, Bellevue, and other low-income neighborhoods near that area
  4. Establishing an economic task force made up of officials and community members to find solutions for neighborhoods in the Houston Ave area