Commissioner Melissa Link, District 3
2014 – present
Represents Boulevard, Cobbham, Downtown, Rocksprings and Newton Bridge Road areas.
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Historical Preservation: Link was instrumental in bringing historic protection to the west end of downtown in 2020.
Downtown Design Guidelines: During Nancy Denson’s tenure as mayor from 2010-2018, the Athens skyline saw significant change, especially downtown. Link urged the adoption of design guidelines to help shape the look and feel of Athens new buildings. She was unsuccessful during that period, and still holds it as a legislative priority.
Affordable Housing: As a citizen advocate and as commissioner, Link has been active in fighting against large development projects and also for historical preservation. She has pushed strongly for an inclusionary zoning policy over the years to require that each new development have some below-market units.
Environmental Advocacy: Link has been a consistent advocate for renewable energy, such as the solar array at the Cedar Creek Water Treatment plant, and for banning plastic bags and styrofoam.