Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Another city tries to pay its way out of the obligation to provide affordable housing

Another upscale city has stumbled over the idea of paying a less-affluent town to fulfill its affordable-housing obligation. See previous posts here and here.

This time, it’s Mission Viejo, California, where property values run high and land is scarce. The city has been reprimanded by the state for giving short shrift to low-cost housing.

A city planning commissioner suggested that Mission Viejo find another community to shoulder its low-cost housing responsibility, writing in an e-mail that it would be a “real coup to jettison our redevelopment housing burden.”

To Mission Viejo’s credit, the suggestion never gained traction at City Hall. But the debate continues on whether the city is doing enough to create affordable housing.

Read the Los Angeles Times story here.

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