News story questions our whole way of thinking when it comes to housing

Brian Siegfried, a real estate agent and former member of the Housing Authority Board, had some very interesting things to say in an article published by The Planet recently.

A few of the highlights we thought pertinent:

But some worry any new developments, no matter how dire the need, also come with consequence. New developments, Brian Siegfried said, are merely putting fingers in an overflowing dam. Real housing progress, he argued, requires a complete shift in the conversation, and it might require questioning how much growth Jackson can stand.

And this one:

Any new development or housing solution, Siegfried said, still encourages growth. Housing 10 or 20 or 90 people in the short-term is great for those people—but how many new people does it invite? And how many jobs does it create for other people who will inevitably need housing? “If we approve that, or anything, we should also be talking about how many more workers can be invited,” he said.

We could not agree more. What do you think?

 

THE BUZZ 2: Housing Neutrality

 

The Other Side of the Story: For Pete’s Sake

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Here is the Other Side of the Story for June 21:

For Pete’s sake

Other Side of the Story: Snow Job

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Snow Job

Other Side of the Story: New Name, Same Game

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Here is the Other Side of the Story for June 6:

Same Game

The Other Side of the Story: Wildlife. Do animals matter?

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Do Animals Matter

Other Side of the Story: Room for Improvement

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Here is the Other Side of the Story for May 24:

Room for Improvement

Other Side of the Story: Trampled by Growth

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Trampled by Growth

Talk about NIMBYism

This is classic! A perfect example of why town and county officials (and more than a few developers) have found it so difficult to produce affordable housing.

It’s called NIMBY. Not In My Back Yard.

It’s such a rampant disease, even people IN affordable housing dont want affordable housing next to them.

Unbelievable.

http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/town_county/village-affordables-inch-closer-to-construction/article_2d868195-a4bc-519c-8954-5209cf632fad.html

 

Village affordables inch closer to construction

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017 4:30 AM

Ten units of affordable housing received a nod of approval from county planning commissioners Monday despite opposition from a handful of neighbors in affordable homes on the lot next door.

“If I’m being asked to weigh the balancing act between housing units and guest parking … I’m going to err on the side of housing,” Planning Commissioner Stefan Fodor said. “We need to start thinking differently about development, about transit and about parking.”

  The developer, Lodges at Fish Creek LLC, is seeking a master plan amendment to allow for the construction of four additional three-bedroom units on a plot where six three-bedroom units are sketched for construction.

Should the Board of County Commissioners approve the plan, construction could start as soon as this summer.

The Teton Village Area 2 resort master plan requires affordable housing units be built periodically as free-market units go up. Area 2 includes much of the land outside the “old Village” homes and commercial core.

The master plan requires at least 220.5 people be housed in 100 affordable units at build out. Thus far 13 three-bedroom affordable units — the Homesteads at Teton Village — have been constructed, housing 39 people.

“If you fast-forward two or three years, depending on free-market development, we’d probably have to build one affordable housing unit,” Lodges at Fish Creek Housing Director Jason Wells said during Monday’s meeting. “It would be a long, long time before we would need to build anything close to the affordable housing units that we’re proposing today.”

The homes are planned to be Category 3 — capped at an income of $102,960 for a family of four — and Category 4 — capped at $120,120 for a family of four.

Some residents of the neighboring Homesteads opposed the plan, saying traffic and lack of parking will be compounded by additional units going up. Many who spoke Monday night rallied for designated guest parking and said Rimrock Road is too narrow for the number of cars navigating through the neighborhood.

“It is a tight road,” Homesteads homeowner Bain Campbell said. “We’ve got 22 children in the neighborhood now with more coming. … My hope is that you take a good hard look at the design and hopefully try to remedy these issues that we have come up with.”

Each Homesteads townhome includes two parking spaces, but there is no designated guest parking. The Ranch Lot, a 812-space public lot across from the Homesteads, has been coined as the parking solution. But some residents say it’s not a good one, since the lot does not allow overnight parking and drivers must pay to park from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the ski season.

“They are not providing a solution. They’re saying ride the bus,” said Stephen Fralin, who also owns a home in the Homesteads. “Every community development in this valley has a place for guests to park except this development.

“The Ranch Lot is not a solution,” he said. “Ask them to provide guest parking.”

The planning board voted unanimously in favor of the housing plan. The Teton County Board of County Commissioners has final say.

Other side of the story: Time to Stop Pretending

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Here is the Other Side of the Story for May 10:

Stop Pretending