Housing agenda takes another step -
I was delighted that the Council approved the acquisition of 290 Northwood Way. It is the first step of many to try and get some workforce housing built in that area.
Of course, as with any workforce housing proposal, there’s a little fear in the air. I know that we will only take that next step if the project is something that the community supports, and something we can all be proud of.
Light Industrial Zone (LI) conversation kicks off - I am thankful that so many people attended our Open House on the light industrial area. The vision is simple: Protect industrial users and encourage more true light-industrial development while enabling the development of workforce housing. We were able to illustrate the visual impact on the area of adding additional height allowances as well as discuss the pros and cons of mixing housing with industrial use. The written public comments and presentation panels are all available for your review – check out the link later in this newsletter. We will now be taking the conversation to the council to seek their consideration of possible changes to the zoning requirements. Thank you for your input; it helps tremendously with our decision making.
Housing keeps our smiles in town - I look forward to the day that workforce housing is not viewed with fear, but is viewed with excitement, expectation and opportunity. After all, housing is not about buildings, structures, traffic, parking or noise. Housing is about people--people that contribute to our community, enrich our day, add vibrancy to our town and bring a smile to our face. I am glad we are making progress in keeping some more of those smiles in town.