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Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson said county officials are following what a legislature’s housing study committee. What they are hearing, however, is criticism of how counties have handled the issue.

“What I’m hearing is that the counties, the local jurisdictions, are being blamed for creating the housing mess, but we’re the ones that are trying to solve it,” Hendrickson said. “So, the best thing we can ask is that you allow the counties and the cities the flexibility to do what we need to do.”

Affordability concerns centered on two areas: the cost of the home, and then the costs of property taxes on the home.

Several questions, however, focused on home prices and rental costs.

Gwinnett County has worked on a housing plan and is working to address the issue through its Planning and Development Department.

“Are you only looking at unincorporated Gwinnett County or are you looking at the cities to make sure they incorporate a need for diverse type of housing,” State Sen. Sally Harrell, D-Atlanta, asked.

Hendrickson said the county is focusing on unincorporated pars of the county since that is where the county government has planning and zoning authority.

SOURCE: www.GwinnettDailyPost.com

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