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Roswell To Participate in Georgia Initiative For Community Housing Program

The three year program will evaluate demographic changes in the community and the impact those changes will have on housing.

Roswell has been chosen to participate in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH), a three-year program that assists cities in addressing their housing needs.

Through GICH, Roswell will evaluate demographic changes in the community and the impact those changes will have on housing. GICH will assist the city in developing a housing strategy that will be presented to the mayor and Roswell City Council for consideration at the end of the program period.

During the program, Roswell’s designated Community Housing Team will receive facilitation, instruction and technical assistance as it designs and implements its strategy. The 15-person team includes representatives from local government, businesses (banks, real estate, builders/developers), nonprofits, faith-based organizations and the public housing authority.

The centerpiece of the initiative is a series of retreats where the team will work directly with a facilitator/housing professional and engage in cross-community sharing and collaboration. The first retreat will take place in February 2013.

Each year, at least five communities are identified to participate in GICH. In addition to Roswell, this year’s selected communities include the city of Dalton, city of Greensboro, city of Lithonia and city of Pembroke.

GICH is a collaboration of the Housing and Demographics Research Center, the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and the Georgia Municipal Association. It is also partially funded by the Georgia Power Company.

In-kind services are provided by the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, the University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership, and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

For more information, contact Roswell’s Redevelopment Manager Stefanie Dye at 770-594-6296 or sdye@roswellgov.com.

Jake Lilley December 10, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Centralized planning at its finest. I’m sure that the Mayor and Roswell City Council are thrilled about the opportunity to plot the future of private land use in Roswell. Such plans are the tools of power. Step 1. Government bureaucrats, Real-estate developers and Hard-Left environmentalists devise a “community development plan.” Step 2. Government uses zoning laws and eminent domain to confiscate private property, often designated as “blight,” “for the good of the community.” Keep in mind, the ONLY way for the government to implement a community development plan is by force. This includes force of taxation, zoning laws and eminent domain. Step 3. Implement the plan. The plan typically includes high-density stack-em and rack-em type housing with an emphasis on vertical development to maximize green space. Step 4. Anyone who stands in the way is prosecuted for zoning and environmental violations. Anyone tried cutting down a tree in Roswell lately?
Jake Lilley December 10, 2012 at 05:08 PM
If you want a taste of what’s to come, I suggest you speak with Bill Mitiu, who is Commander of the Roswell VFW. The Roswell Housing Authority, and by extension, the City of Roswell recently used zoning laws and the threat of eminent domain to force the VFW into the sale of its property. Plans are currently under way to replace the VFW with low income, government subsidized housing. Private land owners in Roswell should ask themselves one thing. “What plans will these environmentalists and bureaucrats devise for my property?”
City of Roswell, GA December 12, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Mr. Lilley makes a number of misleading statements and one outright falsehood in his comments on this story. First, zoning has been around in the United States since the turn of the 20th century. The constitutionality of zoning was upheld by the US Supreme Court in the 1927 case Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. Zoning began in Georgia in 1957 with the adoption of the General Planning and Zoning Enabling Act. The simple purpose of zoning is to protect existing property from incompatible land uses, by regulating the location, building height, coverage, setback and orientation to the street, open space, and similar characteristics, or a combination of these. For example, in a region without zoning laws, a company could build a factory in the middle of a residential zone. The City of Roswell first enacted zoning in the early 1970’s. Zoning is nothing new nor nefarious here in the City of Roswell as Mr. Lilley suggests. The City has never condemned property for “blight” to “confiscate” it as Mr. Lilley accuses.
City of Roswell, GA December 12, 2012 at 04:23 PM
It is well known in our community that while the City supports green space (we have some of the best parks in the state), most of the zoning districts within the city do not allow more than three stories. There are a few exceptions such as Groveway Mixed Use District and Office-Commercial Multi-Story Mixed Use (OCMS). Within those districts the height is five stories (with a conditional use for anything over 4 stories in Groveway and seven stories in OCMS). Citizens won’t be seeing “stack-em and rack-em housing with an emphasis on vertical development” in Roswell as Mr. Lilley predicts. Protecting the tree canopy has always been a priority in Roswell. As a matter of fact, the City has laws on books as far back as 1878 that protect our tree canopy. That being said, homeowners can cut down trees on their property, the only restriction is on specimen trees which are trees of a certain size and species. And even specimen trees can be removed with a permit. Mr. Lilley accuses the City of “using zoning laws and the threat of eminent domain” to force the VFW to sell its property to the Housing Authority. That is completely false. The City had no part in the sale of that piece of property. The Housing Authority is a state entity that operates under federal regulations. That transaction was a private sale between the VFW and Housing Authority.
Jake Lilley December 12, 2012 at 05:55 PM
My how the Wizard does protest when Dorothy dares to pull back the curtains for all the world to see! The statement above, carefully crafted by the City of Roswell is merely a smoke screen and a poor attempt to obscure the truth from the citizens of Roswell. According to the Roswell Housing Authority's own website: "The RHA is governed by a six member Board of Commissioners appointed to three year terms by the Mayor of the City of Roswell, Georgia." http://www.roswellhousing.org/about.php Therefore, it is difficult to imagine a decision made by the Roswell Housing Authority that is inconsistent with the will of the Mayor of Roswell, Jere Wood.
Lee Fleck December 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM
The City of Roswell does not takes the time to write the above responses unless the arrow hits its mark.
Lee Fleck May 08, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Tarak, There is significant media interest in the UDc site: http://growsmartroswell.org/take-action.html If you know any of the authors of this site please e-mail me at: fleckforroswell@gmail.com
Pat May 09, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Consider the impact of the decision (Euclid) the city references. It allows political subdivisions what amounts to judicial sway before a use. As an individual, you can no longer sue a neighbor who devalues your property through adverse use and expect to win if that use is approved by the city. The decision has never been challenged. One reason is that generally a power ceded from one branch of government to another is seldom argued by the branch receiving the power. Is it misleading to tell only part of the story? If you believe so, then you must believe that the city is guilty of its own accusation – that it too is misleading. Whole is more forthcoming than part. Here’s another part: The city was not built on high-density development and not the outgrowth of a ridiculous three year program whose goal is high density housing. Anyone who says so is misleading you. If they won’t admit this, they’re misleading you again in silence. Most who live here don’t want urban development; if they did, they’d be living in Buckhead. High density is a product of industry – people needed to be close to where they work. High density does not breed industry, and if someone says so, ask for an example. This council in theory (under Euclid) protects property values. Do you believe that is the goal of this council or this initiative? Do you still think participation in this program, and this council, will protect your property? Don’t mislead yourself.
Lee Fleck May 09, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Pat, let's get connected. I would like to follow up with on your remarks. e-mail me at: fleckforroswell@gmail.com

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