Public turns out for neighborhood discussion

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Citizens favor filling vacant housing units and buffer zones.

By Arin McKenna

Fifty people turned out on Wednesday for the first of three public meetings scheduled for round 2 of public input on the Comprehensive Plan. Wednesday’s focus was on neighborhoods, density and growth. It began with a summary of the results of a random sample survey to which 599 citizens responded (3,000 surveys were mailed out). One focus of the survey was on how the county might deal with growth for up to 2,000 additional residents. The majority of those surveyed wanted new housing downtown, followed by infill of vacant houses and lots, developing housing on DP Road and distributed growth throughout neighborhoods. The preference in White Rock was for development of A-19 and the Longview Drive areas, as well as distributed growth. Survey respondents did not favor constructing new housing areas. Three-quarters of those responding felt that more affordable housing was needed. They supported accessory dwelling units, affordable housing requirements, low-income mortgage assistance and subsidized housing as mechanisms for meeting that need. Seventy-one percent felt the count should require a buffer or transitional areas between single-family housing and more intense development. Those who attended Wednesday’s meeting seemed to be aligned with the survey results, with some exceptions.

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