Commissioner Melissa Link, District 3
2014 – present
Represents Winterville, Ben Epps Airport, Nellie B and Cabin Creek 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 had input into design guidelines for the west downtown historic district and for the north downtown redevelopment project.
Affordable Housing: As a citizen advocate and as commissioner, Link has pushed strongly for an inclusionary zoning policy to require that each new development include some affordable units. This policy was implemented in 2022.
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.
Link casually accused UGA football players of “raping and murdering” during a mayor and commission work session that was streamed online on May 12, 2022. She faced numerous calls for her to apologize, including from the Athens chapter of the NAACP. Link was likely referring to linebacker Adam Anderson, who was indicted on rape charges, and Akhil Crumpton, who was accused of shooting and killing a RaceTrac clerk in 2021.