On Nov. 28th Joining Forces hosted its first official Equitable Zoning Committee meeting! Thank you to those who were able to attend. The meeting focused on outlining the goals of the group, the importance of zoning equity, and potential topics for future discussion and activation.
We will be hosting a Zoning 101 workshop for those interested in learning more about zoning in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to learn more about the workshop dates/times.
We hope to have one more meeting before the end of the year to talk about potential advocacy and research topics that we could explore. We will let you know the date/time of the next meeting once it is finalized.
Please reach out to Rodney Orr (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about the Equitable Zoning Committee and visit our website at https://joiningforces.connect2home.org/ to learn more and join.
We wanted to share these three recaps from the latest Land Use Commission meeting that addressed the special use request for 600-square-foot efficiency homes on Grant Street. These units are clearly not intended to be affordable, even though the developer initially suggested that affordability was one of their selling points. Both the public and one of the commissioners expressed concerns about the lack of affordability for this project.
These perspectives can highlight some of the classic NIMBY concerns that the YIMBY committee has discussed, especially regarding density in this case, as well as general ambivalence towards affordable housing from the developer, community, and commission.