Affordable housing is a difficult task. Land costs, hookup fees, taxes, builders’ profits, and banking are all key factors that play into this equation. The city has seen fit to buy 330 lots and other properties. They will have to make concessions in order to accomplish this goal, starting with a definition (price-wise) of affordable housing. Is this apartments, homes, or both? Let’s be creative.
I’ve been involved with building for more than 30 years. 19 years ago, my wife and I bought our small inn, located in Nelscott and soon discovered the existence of the Nelscott Neighborhood Association and we became members. My experience with the association, whom my opponent was president, is that even though we hold the required annual, one hour meeting, the association exists without a democratic process. We still have not been provided with a complete list of the members of the association. There is not any real discussion on important issues and we should change the autocratic way of accomplishing the agenda of a select few.
Unlike my opponent, it is not natural for me to desire positions of authority, but I have been prompted to run because I don’t think that the mayor has been able to implement even a small portion of his positive business/community platform, which he ran on and won handily. The VRD issues could have been solved a long time ago had common sense prevailed. Onerous regulations imposed on one significant segment of our economy will not help our city. Affordable housing/homeless solutions could have been tackled by now. We need an element of unity to get things done in the city.
Builders are visionaries, doers, and problem solvers, not bureaucrats. They are willing to get their hands dirty and go to work. My commitment to the voters is to listen and to be transparent and I am willing to talk to anybody. I remain optimistic and hopeful and ask for your vote!