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The Affordable Housing Task Force wrapped up their work in February 2020 with a presentation of findings and recommendations on how to preserve and increase housing affordability in Decatur. Since then, the City of Decatur has already implemented several of the recommendations and is pleased to share the following list as an update:

The first measure to address Decatur’s shortage of accessible for-sale and rental housing is a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing policy. Prior to this policy, developers were encouraged to add affordable new rental units to new developments by allowing a density bonus. The new policy adopted July 2020 requires that any new development with five or more units set aside at least 10% of the units for moderate-income households. This policy should bring its first inclusionary units in 2022 with new developments that are now in the permitting process.

A full-time Affordable Housing Fellow was hired by the City in November 2020 to research and implement Task Force recommendations.

The Decatur Land Trust (DLT) was incorporated as a non-profit entity on July 23, 2021 to facilitate the purchase and development of homes, rental units, and land with 99-year renewable land leases for permanent affordability. To start off, the DLT will partner with the Decatur Development Authority on the Cottage Court Pilot Project at 230 Commerce Drive and Legacy Project Board on the north housing village at Legacy Park.

With extensive assistance from the Atlanta Regional Commission through their Community Design Assistance Program (CDAP), a year-round Housing Rehabilitation Program will be established to facilitate home repairs for low-income and senior homeowners. The CDAP report provided City staff and leaders with the nuts and bolts on how best to operate the program and funding sources.

Up next for consideration are amendments to the City’s Unified Development Ordinance. One of the recommendations from the Task Force is to revise the RS-17 zoning areas, and another is to increase the variety of housing options in traditional, single-family zoning districts by allowing low-density duplexes, triplexes and quadplexes. City staff are at the beginning of public participation on this topic and the community at large is asked to participate.

The Missing Middle Housing Community Survey will be open until November 15 to collect input from the public on these potential zoning changes to Decatur’s neighborhoods. 

To gather input from residents on missing middle housing policy, the City of Decatur will host three Focused Conversation Sessions to inform final policy recommendations. Each session include panelists to answer questions and will allow for participants to go into breakout rooms for further discussion.

Sign up to attend a Focused Conversation session. These are scheduled to take place virtually using Zoom.

Wednesday, Oct. 20 ●  6-7:30 p.m.- https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsfuuqrDMoHNe8ooKg16k4Vb5ENo_ReBL1
Tuesday, Oct. 26 ● 11:30-1 p.m. –  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtf-muqjIoHtGfrlJ7gFprOCA3SzzAI8WO
Thursday, Nov. 11 ● 6-7:30 p.m. –  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYod-utpzwoEtVlXw6nvK2MhB_2CXFjJoVn

hotline will be available 1-4 p.m., Tuesday thru Thursday, Oct. 26 – Nov. 11 for the public to call to ask questions, make comments or learn about specific events. During this time period, call 470-868-5114.

For more information on Decatur’s affordable housing efforts, visit decaturga.com/affordablehousing or email kristin.allin@decaturga.com.

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  • Kids and teens will have the opportunity to learn capoeira from Maculelê-Capoeira Academy Decatur! The academy will begin offering in-person classes at Core Studios in Downtown Decatur for kids and teens on Thursday, June 3. Classes take place on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. They are also offering a Summer Promo for returning students: 4 Martial Arts Classes + T-shirts for only $25. Visit http://capoeiraatlanta.com/ for details.
  • Dine and shop outside at FAB First Friday! We’re reimagining a night OUT in Decatur with expanded patios, curbside storefronts, sidewalk pop-ups, and an open-air tent market on the plaza. Wear a mask and join us outside on the first Friday of the month from 5 to 9 pm. Plus, look for “fab” deals as our retailers and restaurants partner up to support each other! Follow on Instagram (@visitdecaturga), Twitter (@Decatur-Tourism), and Facebook (@VisitDecaturGA) for deals and updates.
  • The DDA is collaborating with City of Decatur businesses to host a Job Fair in the Square, June 7 @9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Applicants will have an opportunity to visit several businesses in one place and apply for jobs. There are 12 businesses participating, including one of our hotels.

    The first hour of the event, 9-10 a.m., will be dedicated to accepting applications and interviewing students from the Decatur High School Career Academy.
  • The draft recommendations for the Decatur Strategic Plan Equity and Racial Justice topic will open on Friday, June 4. The pop-up survey will close on June 13.
  • The Climate Change pop-up survey will close on Sunday, June 6. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to contribute to the draft recommendations for the Decatur Strategic Plan! Visit https://decatur2030.mysocialpinpoint.com to share your input.

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The Strategic Plan draft recommendations input has been updated 5.18.21


– City Commission Meeting| Monday, May 17 @ 7:30 p.m.
– Historic Preservation Commission Meeting| Tuesday, May 18 @ 6:30 p.m.

Visit decaturga.com/bc for additional meeting details.


– Join us for Truckin’ Tuesday at Legacy Park Tuesday, May 18. Gather your friends, family, blankets, chairs, and most importantly, appetites! The area’s best Food Trucks will be offering up their delicious fare. There is plenty of space for families to gather while remaining socially distant. The goal is to bring people together safely and at the same time, benefit local non-profit fundraising efforts. This event will repeat weekly every Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m.

– The Decatur Youth Council has rescheduled their Carpool Cinema from April 24 to Tuesday, May 18 at Decatur Legacy Park in conjunction with Truckin’ Tuesday. Showtime has been scheduled for around 8:15 p.m. Bring your blankets & chairs and pick-up dinner from one of the food trucks then join us on the big lawn to watch Disney’s Lilo & Stitch. This activity no longer requires attendees to be in a vehicle. If you have a DYC “Carpool Cinema” ticket, bring it to the DYC tent between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and claim your snack bag. After 8 p.m., snack bags will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

**Update** The Civic Trust pop-up survey will now close on May 23. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to contribute to the draft recommendations for the Decatur Strategic Plan! Visit https://decatur2030.mysocialpinpoint.com to share your input.

**Update** The draft recommendations for the Decatur Strategic Plan Economic Development topic will open on Friday, May 21. The pop-up survey will now close on May 30.

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The second of four Decatur 202 Zoom discussions– this time on housing affordability — is scheduled for 4 p.m., December 10. The sessions are part of the city’s current strategic planning efforts and drill down on the input provided during the Citizen Roundtables and the Virtual Forums.

Interested participants can get involved by registering on Zoom.

The presentation and discussion format for the two-hour 202 session is the same for all four topic meetings. If you missed the small group discussions and introductory presentations during the first 202 session, see the video under Transportation & Mobility on the Decatur 2030 website. The first 202 encouraged – and got – a vigorous conversation on how to reconcile two Decatur ambitions that aren’t always compatible: Our dependence on automobiles and the road and parking infrastructure they require and our determination to expand pedestrian, biking, and transit alternatives.

For the upcoming housing session, we’ll confront the increasing demand for housing within the reach of lower and middle income families and the fear of disrupting the character and stability of existing neighborhoods.

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The City of Decatur is currently conducting an impact fee study that will establish an Impact Fee Program including fees for the City to use in 2021. The community is invited to attend the Advisory Committee virtual Kick Off Meeting on Friday, Nov. 13 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. The meeting agenda will include an explanation of impact fees, review of the study process, schedule of events and committee’s role in the study and conclude with a question & answer session.

The virtual meeting can be accessed using the following Zoom Link and Meeting Id.Additionally, there is a call-in option for this meeting, which does not require video.

Zoom Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84749584630

Meeting Id: 847 4958 4630

Call-in:  +1 929-205-6099

If you would like more information about this topic, contact John Maximuk, 678-553-6570 or email at John.Maximuk@decaturga.com.​

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The Roundtables process included 800 registrants who contributed thousands of comments. Many of these comments about Decatur’s future were in agreement, but some topics revealed conflicting perspectives about how Decatur should chart its course for the next ten years. 

The 202s will allow for a deep dive on these topics. After hearing from subject matter experts, we will join together in virtual discussion groups to help understand tradeoffs and find common ground among differing perspectives. Input from these groups will be used to form recommendations on how the Strategic Plan should address these issues. The 202s will seek to answer the question: “What does success look like in a community of 25K people within a metropolitan region of nearly 6 million people?” 

Here’s the line-up: 


Thursday, Nov. 19, 4 – 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, Dec. 10, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Equity & Racial Justice

Thursday, Jan. 14, 4 – 5:30 p.m. 

Climate Change

February 2021, Date TBD 

Speakers will be announced closer to the event. Visit decatur2030.com for all details. All events will occur on Zoom and will be recorded and available after the meeting. To participate, you may register at decatur2030.com.  

Can’t make it at the scheduled time but still want to be part of the conversation? Watch the recordings, download the discussion guides, and form a small group to discuss the questions. Discussion notes may be submitted at decatur2030.com/get-connected/ or decaturdestination@gmail.com.

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The Decatur City Commission will have a Special Called Meeting on Monday, Sept. 28. Did you know you can get the latest #DecaturGA news and updates like this directly to your mobile phone? Just text CODAlerts to 313131 to join the list! #HappeningInDecaturGA

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Nearly two years in the making, Decatur’s emerging Storm Water Master Plan is now ready for prime time. For the next month, we’ll be collecting final input on the present draft as we move our way towards formal adoption later this year.

Hundreds of residents and others helped shape this draft and together we’ve identified 101 areas of concern with appropriate ways to address them. We now have 73 proposed storm water projects to decrease flooding, protect water quality, provide flexibility in implementation, and increase the capacity and stability of stormwater management in the city.

Need to drill down on specifics? Mark your calendar and join us online September 16 at 6 p.m. for an overview presentation and opportunity to ask questions of city staff and their consultant team. For more information and to register, visit www.decaturnext.com.

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During last night’s meeting, Decatur City Commission approved an amended meeting schedule moving the second September meeting back to its regular third Monday, Sept. 21 as it no longer conflicts with the City Schools of Decatur Fall Break (which has been canceled). Meetings are currently conducted online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meetings are also streamed live on the website. Visit decaturga.com/citycommission for meeting details and to register for alerts.

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The City Commission will hold a Special Called Meeting this Friday, July 10 at 9 a.m. Please note that due to the Public Health State of Emergency this meeting will be held remotely.

There will not be a physical location for members of the public to attend. We encourage members of the public to access the meeting in one of two ways:

  1. View the live broadcast of the Decatur City Commission meeting at https://www.decaturga.com/citycommission/page/streaming-video
  2. Register in advance to participate through Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/95567743756. Access instructions will be provided in advance of the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may also participate by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering the meeting ID (The 11-digit number shown in the Zoom registration link.)

If you are unable to participate in the virtual meeting, you may email your “public comments” on agenda items by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 to: Andrea Arnold, City Manager, andrea.arnold@decaturga.com.

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