Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Hailey mayor clarifies quote

In the April 25 front page story headlined "County and cities move toward regional planning," it was reported that I said "... issues that are impor-tant to other cities, such as housing, are not important to Hailey."

The context of my comment was that the level of importance of the issues we share will vary from community to commu-nity.

Specifically regarding hous-ing, it may not be viewed at the same level of importance in Hailey as in other jurisdictions because in our current housing inventory there are over 300 rent-controlled units (where the rent is tied to earnings), over 50 deed-restricted, for-sale units built or approved, as well as a wide range of non-restricted rental and for-sale housing units. We have legis-lated that all growth will in-clude an affordable housing component and already have tangible results from that legis-lation.

Therefore, while important (of course it's important!), the issue of affordable housing has been extensively examined and actively addressed in Hailey, allowing the elected officials to shift their focus to other impor-tant concerns, such as the availability and quality of wa-ter, and enhancing the local economy.

Thank your for this oppor-tunity to clarify my comment.

Mayor Susan McBryant


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