Local housing ‘mitigation’ requirements have been around for decades, but our electeds have kept the mitigation rate at a laughably low level. They’ve focused on business growth; lots more. Now our housing problem is painfully obvious, and mitigation requirements are under review. In 2017 our electeds voted for 100% mitigation. Developers would need to provide housing for 100% of new employees priced out of the local housing market. Our electeds did the right thing for the community. We praised them for it in this column.
But in politics, things often change. And last week the simple 100% idea had become a confounding 145-page document that no one can understand.
Here is the Other Side of the Story of July 3rd:Housing Mitigation Folly