Residents of Sandy Springs welcome safe, walkable neighborhoods, with affordable housing options for everyone. But despite our entrepreneurial spirit and history of innovative thinking, we are concerned that taxpayers will be on the hook for a plan that benefits the developers while forcing thousands of our neighbors to move away.
As taxpayers are asked to invest in a plan that will shape the future of Sandy Springs, we should have the opportunity to learn about the alternatives and to have our voices heard. The Task Force was dominated by developers who wrote the current plan and stand to profit from it.
The members of the Task Force who stand to profit from tearing down existing apartments and rebuilding lower-density, less affordable housing have put forward a plan that will use our money to benefit them. But if more voices are involved, we have a unique opportunity as a city to lead the way by finding solutions to a complex issue facing most cities in America.
We want safe, walkable neighborhoods, with housing options affordable for everyone, and we want all of our voices included as the city makes decisions.