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July 19, 2019

Affordability Requirement Remains

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:00 am

I was concerned by Andrew Barker’s letter (Mailbox, June 6) claiming that the most important thing about the downtown initiative is that “it removes all explicit affordability requirements for housing in the Downtown Specific Plan.” So I asked around and we’re in luck: the affordability requirement is actually part of the land covenant; it is preserved and must be honored.

It is a good reminder though to be on the lookout for alarmist claims about the initiative, doubtless you will hear more. While I agree it would have been important if the affordability requirement were removed, I think the actually important part of the initiative is the increase in open space and the better alignment of parking with the needs in the downtown.

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