On this week’s Newport City Council’s meeting list was acknowledgement of much needed upgrades to the city’s water distribution system which makes it obvious that the city must maintain its water supply – what with all the new residents moving into the area or vacationing on the coast. Another goal mentioned was increasing truly affordable housing. It’s a problem nationwide and the housing industry knows it. It appears that there is a rising number of lower income people who absolutely must find shelter at affordable rates. Those with a lot of money are routinely buying up properties that used to go for reasonable rates. Those who own the homes are making a killing. But up and down the Oregon Coast there is lots of interest in establishing lower cost apartments with the help of federal government subsidies. Don’t forget, the federal government PRINTS MONEY which makes accelerated home sales more reachable to those who struggle just to “hang in there.” Big houses for the rich are still stirring the pot while newcomers to our society are scrambling to find suitable habitation. By the way, there are plans to build small apartment complexes near Lincoln City with help from the federal government.
Some of that federal money is showing up around the country. It’s kind of an economic surge for Uncle Sam. Hopefully it’ll grow and spread the better life for those less fortunate. But our country is at the point that there’s only so much buildable land out there. Rather than building OUT maybe it’s time to build UP.
And lastly, the City Council amended the distances between schools and marijuana stores and child care facilities. Under the new rule there must be a 1,000 foot distance between schools, child care facilities and marijuana stores. But the distance between the schools, child care facilities and marijuana stores, can be closer (500 feet minimum) as long as there are major barriers between them that cause a 1,000 foot walk around those man-made or natural barriers. One exception: The marijuana outlet was licensed by the city of Newport prior to August 1, 2017.