I’m concerned that fees will rise as a consequence of the city’s pursuit of affordable housing, as a recently described scheme will reduce fees for qualified affordable development, but will they give up income or raise fees on market rate housing? I’m not a fan of further burdening the housing market with ever stricter building regulations.
Thoughtful zoning. Discussing the viability and public opinion of higher-rise residential housing. In general, I do not believe affordable housing eliminates a burden, but instead it merely shifts burden to another segment of society, and it may, in fact, increase burden to a level that is higher than before action was taken. I’m not opposed to pursuing affordable housing, but it shouldn’t come at a cost of making housing more expensive for others.
Front-to-back, an example of poor legislation.
Longmont has healthy and substantial water rights. To the extent it is a problem, solving it with progressive rates is the easy solution. Longmont employs progressive rates already.
This is a topic I’m not well-versed on.
I don’t see this as a big issue for Longmont since the city can readily provide the services required for any development. There may be a couple or so in Longmont, but as with question 7, I’m not particularly well-versed on metropolitan districts.
Generally I am not a fan of government largesse. That said, I see a lot of empty storefronts in Longmont, and I am open to using all the tools the city has to support existing businesses and encourage new business activity. The business community is the Golden Goose of any city. It should be fostered and encouraged, especially in times of need. To the extent I would extend that to builders I’m not sure, but it wouldn’t be my preferred. New jobs, increasing pay… A vibrant and prosperous city solves a lot of ills.
I would hope it would be a cordial two-way relationship with the goal of providing the mix of housing options the market demands, while carefully considering the impacts on existing neighborhoods.
My overarching theme is to position Longmont as the city along the Front Range that other communities look to emulate across a spectrum of positions. To date I have raised a bit under $2000, but I haven’t yet embarked on formal fundraising efforts.
I would consider, yes, but I would like to have a conversation first.