Does affordable housing belong here? |

Does affordable housing belong here?

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah ” A plan to insert deed-restricted affordable housing into a middle-class neighborhood near Park City drew a crowd of 150 people.

The Park Record reports that tension at the meeting was palpable as neighbors testified their fears that affordable housing will bring crime to their neighborhood, even as community planners presented the affordable housing as the sort of thing needed for teachers, firefighters, and others.

One speaker described it as a potential “ghetto in the meadow.”

But while the potential for minorities as neighbors may have been an issue for some, a homeowner’s association president, Rick Alden, said density, not diversity, was at issue. He and others say the plan calls for too many units clumped together.

The county is aiming to create enough housing for 36 percent of the county’s workforce. Being only 25 freeway miles from Salt Lake City, Summit County has lots of commuters.

INVERMERE, B.C. ” Yet more high-spirited comment is seen in the pages of the Invermere Valley Echo, where the contentious issue of the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort has been praised and vilified for a number of years.

Seemingly confident of the results, a good many of the locals have called for a local election. Renewing that call in a letter to the editor is Doug Anakin, who says that before the proposed ski area gets any more approvals, “it would be only proper and democratic that a vote be held, in the regional district and in the towns and villages of the valley.”

Elsewhere, the paper offers some evidence that the project is winning favor within the provincial government.

TELLURIDE ” For now, adults and children and sometimes their dogs are cavorting on the former cow pasture at the entrance to Telluride.

But, as expected, the owner of the seized land has appealed the case of the Colorado Supreme Court, explains the Telluride Daily Planet.

The case goes back several years. With Telluride threatening condemnation of the land in order to block development, the landowner, Neal Blue, lobbied for a state law that banned home-rule town like Telluride from using eminent-domain to condemn land outside their borders for open space.

Telluride sued, and a district court ruled in favor of the town. The new state law, said the district court, was unconstitutional because illegally stripped powers given to towns by the state Constitution.

The case is expected to take until next spring for resolution by the Colorado Supreme Court, and may eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

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