The Atlanta City Council approved authorization of the Perry-Bolton Tax Allocation District (TAD) Bonds at its Monday, Feb. 3,  meeting. The Perry-Bolton/Northwest Atlanta Tax Allocation District was established in 2002 to redevelop over 500 acres of under-developed real estate in northwest Atlanta.

“The purpose of the TAD is to attract taxable redevelopment opportunities to the Perry-Bolton area,” said Councilmember Felicia Moore, who represents that section of the city.

Perry-Bolton TAD Projects include:

• West Highlands, a mixed-income, mixed-use community of approximately 1,500 units of single and multi-family housing at the former site of the Perry Homes public housing development.

• Moores Mill Shopping Center, anchored by a 25,600-square-foot Publix supermarket and an 11,800-square-foot CVS pharmacy.

• Bolton Village, redevelopment of a .86-acre vacant site into a two-level 29,000 square foot neighborhood retail center.

• Construction of the Moores Mill Road Extension, demolition of the current shopping center and ground breaking for new construction.

Also during yesterday’s meeting , Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell called on the city council  to develop policy recommendations related to emergency preparation in the wake of last week’s winter storm.

Councilmember Natalyn Archibong’s legislation for an independent assessment by Georgia Tech  and Clark Atlanta University of the city’s national disaster emergency response plan was adopted Monday.

Councilmember Mary Norwood has introduced legislation to  expand the communication protocols between the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, the council president and members of the city council. This would include the development of district-based snow and ice removal plans and an annual snow and ice response preparedness plan.

Mitchell also wants to  convene a roundtable discussion with policy makers in overlapping  jurisdictions and agencies to discuss best practices and to inform and support the mayor’s and governor’s task forces on weather preparedness with specific policy recommendations.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.