Commissioner Tim Keane
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The Office of the Commissioner provides leadership, policy direction and centralized staff support for the Offices of Buildings, Design, Housing and Community Development, Mobility Planning and Zoning and Development. Support services include administration, budget, personnel management, legislative liaison, policy collaboration and coordination and technical support and workload functions.
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Commissioner Tim Keane has served the department since July, 2015. During this time, the department has successfully:
• Reorganized to serve Atlanta better
• Received Choice Neighborhood Grant and Promise designation from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Office of Housing.
• Launched the Atlanta City Studio (a pop-up studio now located in Cascade Heights; previously located in Ponce City Market)
• Held Annual Customer Appreciation Day
• Created New Customer Teams
• Measured Progress in the Office of Buildings
• Onboarded Ryan Gravel to lead the Atlanta City Design Project that will guide the City’s growth.
• Overhauled Zoning in the Office of Planning - now the Office of Zoning and Development
NEWS, MEETINGS & IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Atlanta's Tree Protection Ordinance is Being Updated
Strategic Community Investment Report (Housing Study)
City of Atlanta Supports 2013 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Study
In compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Act, the City of Atlanta administers its housing and urban development programs in a manner as to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). As a direct recipient of CDBG funds from U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, the City is required periodically to conduct an assessment of the barriers to housing choice and to develop a plan for overcoming the impediments identified. Any actions, omissions or decisions taken because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or familial status that restrict housing choices are considered "impediments".
The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-mandated review of impediments or barriers to affirmatively further fair housing choice within any jurisdiction that receives federal funds. These barriers vary from housing discrimination to accessibility. The City of Atlanta is then required to develop a plan for overcoming these impediments which must be outlined in the AI. Upon the request of the City of Atlanta, this document was written by Metro Fair Housing, a nationally recognized Atlanta based non-profit in the field of Fair Housing that has demonstrated capacity in writing and implementing AI’s for other municipalities.
The AI involves the following reviews and assessments:
- A review of a jurisdiction’s laws, regulations, and administrative policies, procedures and practices;
- An assessment of how those laws, policies and practices affect the location availability and accessibility of housing;
- An assessment of conditions, both public and private, affecting fair housing choices for all protected classes; and
- An assessment of the availability of affordable and accessibility housing.
- An Action Plan to guide the jurisdiction in affirmatively furthering fair housing.
Legislation was passed authorizing the Mayor to enter into the Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) that includes the completion and certification of the AI. In accordance with the VCA, the AI was completed and submitted to HUD on January 24, 2014 by Metro Fair Housing. HUD reviewed the document and found it to be in compliance. The Mayor signed and certified the AI on December 30, 2014, affirming that the city will carry out the actions identified in the AI to affirmatively further fair housing.
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