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For the week of June 14 through June 20, 2000

P&Z advocates a recommitment to affordable housing

Express Staff Writer

The Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday night concluded that the city needs to recommit itself to affordable housing.

As part of their consideration of the city’s draft comprehensive plan, commissioners said they will add a statement to the plan that focuses city efforts on land acquisition in order to promote construction of affordable housing.

Additionally, the commission decided to back off of language promoting a "no net loss" of the city’s existing housing stock.

Members of the public have argued over the past three months that a "no net loss" policy could take property owners’ redevelopment capabilities away by forcing them to rebuild what’s been there historically.

"We have to be a lot more dramatic," Commissioner Susan Scovell said in regards to the city’s waning affordable housing program.

Ketchum housing commission member Beth Calister sided with the commission’s recommendations.

"The council definitely needs to decide whether they’re committed to this," she said.


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