Provide a balanced and pragmatic view towards discretionary rezoning cases proposed by the development community. This discerning eye towards the legislative process of rezoning cases will strive towards creating an expectation that projects in the future integrates with and adds value to the existing community. A litmus test for the development to prove as these cases are essentially asking for lands to be re-zoned to suit their vision and oftentimes, may overlook the impacts to the existing community in the here and now.
One such direction has been approval of many multi-family developments in recent years. In some cases these were approved in place of commercially zoned lands. It is incredibly difficult to gain back commercial zoning once those designated lands are lost to residential uses. This trend has far greater implications to a community that is growing so rapidly. It may also play a role in an unsavory viewpoint of the current land development processes.
Density is certainly a hot button topic. So much so, I believe there is a lack of distinction from the current elected officials over density in the Town. I believe density is important with a shrinking finite (land) resource, but value individual property ownership as reigning supreme over density, as it has shown historically to be a vital component to wealth creation at the individual and household levels. These types of multi-family developments could come in the form of condominiums.
The vast majority of approved multi-family developments in recent years have come in the form of rental units. This may appear as providing a bridge towards housing affordability, yet another hot button topic.
However, with no opportunity for wealth creation through ownership, this path trends towards less integration into our community and a 'sense of place' that has attracted so many to the Town.
A Town that has been built on the back of families and empty nesters.
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