Mayor’s executive order puts moratorium on new construction near Westside Park

A rendering of the future Westside Park.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has pumped the brakes on the rapidly developing area around Westside Park by placing a  180-day moratorium on new building permits.

The mayor issued the executive order on Monday directing the Office of Buildings and the Office of Zoning and Development to “refuse to accept new applications for rezonings, building permits for new construction, land disturbance permits, special use permits, special administrative permits, subdivisions, replattings, and lot consolidations for non-public projects.”

The moratorium applies to  the neighborhoods surrounding Westside Park – including Grove Park, Rockdale and Knight Park/Howell Station – in an effort to address rapid gentrification occurring in the area, according to a media statement from the mayor’s office.

“A key pillar to the Administration’s comprehensive affordable housing plan is ensuring long-term residents are not priced out of the neighborhoods they have built,” Bottoms said. “We know that every permit triggers some form of change in these communities, and it is of the utmost importance that development is carried out in a deliberate, fair and thoughtful manner.”

The moratorium will expire in 180 days and will not affect existing building permits or building permits required for emergency work.

During the moratorium, the mayor’s office said it will engage in a “robust community planning effort,” which will include all relevant city departments and agencies.

Formerly the Bellwood Quarry, Westside Park sits along the Atlanta BeltLine and will become the city’s largest park and include a massive backup reservoir in the old quarry pit.

The communities impacted by the moratorium can be seen in a map at this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley is the editor of Atlanta Intown.