Inclusionary Zoning Policy

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The City of Atlanta’s Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) ordinances became effective on January 29, 2018. The purpose of the program is to promote affordable housing for Atlantans who live and work in the City of Atlanta and is designed to keep Atlanta rents relatively affordable for working individuals and households within the income range of police, firefighters, teachers, City and County employees, and young professionals. The program applies to all new multifamily rental developments, whether standalone or mixed-used multi-unit buildings, with at least 10 units that are located within the BeltLine Overlay District (roughly ½ mile of the BeltLine corridor) as defined by Section 16-36-001 of the City of Atlanta’s Municipal Code and the Westside Overlay District, Section 16-36A-001.

The IZ Program requires developers of all residential rental developments consisting of ten (10) or more new dwelling units to set aside at least:

  • 10% of their units for incomes at or below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI); or
  • 15% of their units for incomes at or below 80% of AMI; or
  • Pay a one-time in-lieu fee, to be paid at 15% of AMI, per unit in the sub-area that the developer has chosen to opt-out of, in-lieu of setting aside affordable units.

Payment of in-lieu fees feed into a trust fund that will be used for developing, rehabilitating, and/or reconstructing additional affordable housing units. Should a developer opt to build the affordable units, they will be able to select from a list of incentives such as 15% additional floor area ratio (FAR), reduced minimum parking space requirements, streamlined project meetings, etc. The IZ Program is governed, enforced, and monitored by the City of Atlanta’s Department of City Planning. 

On-site Affordability Requirement

All improvement of real property in the eligible Inclusionary Zoning areas, regardless of the number of parcels, upon which ten or more new residential rental dwelling units will be constructed at one location, shall comply with the applicable affordability requirement set forth below. The affordability requirement shall apply for the greater of 20 years from the date of the issuance of the certificate of occupancy; or such longer period from the date of the issuance of the certificate of occupancy, as permitted by state law at the time of the issuance of the building permit. The Affordable Workforce Housing Units shall be substantially similar in construction and appearance (e.g., square footage, type and brand of appliances, materials used for countertops, flooring, etc.) to the market-rate units, and shall not be in isolated areas in the development but shall be interspersed among market rate units. The number of bedrooms in the Affordable Workforce Housing Units (e.g. 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom) shall be proportionate to the number of bedrooms in the market rate units.

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Department of City Planning - Office of Housing and Community Development
55 Trinity Ave, 3rd Floor, Suite 3500
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-865-8989
Email: DCPIZ@Atlantaga.gov

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