City Council discusses increasing density level of multi-family housing

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Ellijay City Council discussed increasing the density level of multi-family housing during their meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Mayor Al Hoyle stated that this was in reaction to the current density level being one unit per half acre, whereas other cities of the same size typically have 10-12 units per acre.

Ethan Calhoun discusses changes to the multi-family housing density.

Ethan Calhoun was present during the meeting to discuss the changes to the density level and weigh in on Ellijay’s current density level against other surrounding counties such as Pickens and Fannin.

The change would allow for 7,500 square feet for the first unit and 3,000 square foot per additional unit, not to exceed 12 units unless special permission is given.

Council member Al Fuller stated his concerns regarding the effects this would have on the county in general. This would allow for many more people in the community, and thus there would be additional traffic and stress on the school system.

This change will hopefully allow for more affordable housing in the area though, and an ordinance update reading is expected to be ready for a council meeting in two weeks.

The council also approved the purchase of a used 2010 four-wheel drive backhoe for the road department during the meeting (38:20). The backhoe costs $25,000 which is expected to come from the special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) budget.

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