Wow, that is about the most single-sided/biased post I have read in a long time, and this is an election year.
It seems whenever anything new comes up (food trucks, ADUs, etc.) that we *already* have laws on the books (sound ordinances, PROP, electrical/plumbing/building codes) which address nearly all of the concerns by detractors.
As your property values increase and fewer houses are on the market closer to our wonderful downtown, accessibility to *purchase* a house decreases. There are an increasing number of families who rent because there decreasing opportunities to own closer to downtown.
I will pull a few things from:
Accessory Dwelling Units: Case Study
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Policy Development and Research
Provide practical housing options for:
* empty nesters
* young workers
Provide options to homeowners to invest more in their property (think property values):
* rental income for homeowners (offset mortgage)
* do not require the extra expense of purchasing land
* converting existing structures
* little additional infrastructure
They are an inexpensive way for municipalities to increase their housing supply, while also increasing their property tax base. By providing affordable housing options for low- and moderate-income residents, communities can retain population groups that might otherwise be priced out of the housing market.
Indy Week • 302 E. Pettigrew St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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