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Fw: SG-W:/lots of families...



Liz, didn't intend to send this to you specifically was meant as a posting
to the list-serve.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ann Harris" <aharris@provide.net>
To: "Liz Brater" <lizb@bizserve.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2001 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: SG-W:/lots of families...


> Another bullet to add to Jeff's original posting -
>
> There has been a 152% increase in the number of working poor in Michigan
> compared to a national average of 48%.
>
> What about quality of life?  Do we want to create a community that
> demonstrates respect for both our human and physical landscape?  While
this
> list-serves focus is on land-use and environmental quality aren't we
> concerned about these issues due to the impact on quality of human life
now
> & in the future?
>
> Why do we care about affordable housing?  Do we want to put a roof over
> someone's head or do we want  to decrease the asset gap through home
> ownership.  And how does the absence of lower cost housing impact on our
> economic viability, and how does community transportation impact on a
> low-income families ability to choose - where they work, where they live
and
> whether or not they will ever be able to buy a home since more then 30% of
> their income goes to transportation expenses.
>
> Everything effects everything else -   Housing, Transportation, Land-use,
> Education, Healthcare, Economic Development and on and on.   Unless
actions
> are coordinated improvements in one area, such as Housing, can have a
> detrimental effect on another such as Land-Use.   Have we created a common
> agenda, a community plan that we are all moving towards?  How can special
> interest groups assure that their goals & actions are in concert and not
at
> odds with the efforts of others without that?
>
> Ann Harris
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Liz Brater" <lizb@bizserve.com>
> To: <smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
> Sent: Friday, March 16, 2001 7:33 PM
> Subject: Re: SG-W:/lots of families...
>
>
> >
> >
> > This is an interesting conversation that Jeff has gotten started.
> > Affordable housing and saving open space and farmland don't have to be
> > mutually exclusive.  The Ultimate Farmland Preservation Tour shows this
> > clearly in Montgomery County, Maryland, where they have PDR, TDR, and
> > inclusionary zoning.  Inclusionary zoning means that a certain
percentage
> > of affordable units gets built into every new development.  The units
> blend
> > in and are really not distinguishable from the market rate units.  The
> city
> > of Ann Arbor has used this technique informally in negotiating with
> > developers to put a portion of affordable units in some of the new
> downtown
> > development.
> >
> > The next farm tour is March 29-April 2 and I highly recommend it.  You
> will
> > also learn about PDR, TDR, and other farmland preservation techniques
and
> > see some beautiful countryside in Maryland, NJ, and Pennsylvania.
> >
> > If anyone wants brochures, please let me know.
> >
> > >I don't know, I get the impression a lot of people mind higher density
> > >developments very much.  Was just reading an AA News article about a
> > >developer suing York township:
> > >
> >
>
>http://aa.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/20010315a930amc2yorksuit15
> .frm
> > >
> > >Here's a quote, which doesn't seem at all unusual:
> > >
> > >"But [a] neighbor...who lives across from the proposed development on
> Milkey
> > >Road, said she felt reasonable development would involve five-acre
lots,
> not
> > >one-acre. More than 300 homes on the dirt road would disturb the area's
> > >rural feel, she said."
> > >
> > >Anyone have comments about this particular development, by the way?
> > >
> > >Christina Lirones wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Our planning commission, of which I'm a member, is working on two
> proposals
> > >> for higher density developments, both very well-received so far, one
> for 7
> > >> DU per acre, one for 4-5 DU per acre. (Which, granted, isn't very
high
> > >> density) I've found higher density is well accepted and encouraged on
> land
> > >> and in areas that are appropriate. Now, as to the affordability...
the
> > >> developers talk affordable, but then present what they call
"moderate"
> > >> $120,000 to $150,000. Some that were proposed and approved in the
> $200,000
> > >> range actually were built and sold at $700,000!
> > >>
> > >> I don't think folks mind high density developments, with large
numbers
> of
> > >> people in a small area, though, rightly or wrongly, they may balk at
> > >> subsidized housing and Mobile home parks which pay almost no taxes.
> > >> Christina Lirones (Pittsfield)
> > >>
> > >> >From: "Chris Greene" <crgreene@med.umich.edu>
> > >> >To: <smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
> > >> >Subject: Re: SG-W:/ food for thought
> > >> >Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 12:15:50 -0500
> > >> >
> > >> >Agreed.  It seems that when zoning boards are presented with a
project
> > >> >which would include a large number of families in a small area,
their
> > >> >reaction is the same as it is to a landfill:  "Yes, our area needs
> them,
> > >> >but not in my backyard, and not on my civic infrastructure."
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> > >>> "Jeff Surfus" <jeffsurfus@msn.com> 03/16/01 11:46AM >>>
> > >> >Things have been a little slow as of late, so I thought I'd throw a
> few
> > >> >tidbits out there for folks to consider.
> > >> >
> > >> >The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a local nonprofit that
> > >> >provides shelter, meals, case management, program referrals, and
> housing
> > >> >assistance to more than 100 homeless families per year in Washtenaw
> > >> >County.  Last night they had the grand opening of their brand new
> facility
> > >> >on Jackson Avenue.  It's a beautiful facility that will provide
short
> term
> > >> >housing for homeless families in Washtenaw County who are trying to
> get
> > >> >back on their feet.
> > >> >
> > >> >I picked up a card that they were handing out that had the following
> > >> >facts:
> > >> >
> > >> >-At least 1,900 people in Washtenaw County are homeless on any given
> day.
> > >> >
> > >> >-More than half of these are children and their parents.
> > >> >
> > >> >-750 of these homeless people will go without food for 1 or more
days.
> > >> >
> > >> >-90% of all heads of household participating in IHN ARE EMPLOYED.
> > >> >
> > >> >-The average annual income for a family of 4 in IHN's temporary
> shelter is
> > >> >less than $14,000 or $6.73/hour.
> > >> >
> > >> >-The fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Washtenaw County
is
> > >> >$968/month or $11,616/year.
> > >> >
> > >> >-Impoverished families spend 60-70% of their income on housing
costs,
> > >> >double that of 25 years ago.
> > >> >
> > >> >-The waiting period to get into local public housing can be up to
five
> > >> >years.
> > >> >
> > >> >-WASHTENAW COUNTY NEEDS 600 OR MORE UNITS OF LOW COST HOUSING TO
> > >> >ACCOMODATE THE CURRENT NUMBER OF HOMELESS ADULTS AND CHILDREN.
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >How do we balance these needs with the need for open space,
> agricultural
> > >> >land, and parkland?
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >How can we seriously talk about 10 acre versus 2 acre lot sizes when
> so
> > >> >many people can't even afford a roof over their heads?
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >Jeff Surfus
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
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