08 Aug Land Use and Affordable Housing Forum presented by Friends of Clark County
Our first foray into the blogosphere brought together Sue Marshall, President of FOCC and Sierk Braam, Director of Affordable Housing Initiative, to discuss land use planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA) and affordable housing.
Marshall pointed out that the GMA addresses specifically housing in Goal 4 and also as a required element to be addressed in comprehensive planning:
• Policies must make adequate provision for the housing needs of all economic segments of the community
• Requires counties and cities to be regionally responsible in accommodating their shares of affordable housing.
According to Braam, “You don’t have to expand the growth boundary to, necessarily, accomplish and increase in buildable lands.” He noted examples of removing both zoning and code constraints.
Clark County is currently studying housing needs within the unincorporated Vancouver urban growth area and will develop an action plan that will identify the challenges and opportunities to encourage affordable housing. They will identify regulatory barriers that could be removed and other strategies to ensure future generations have access to affordable housing. Here is the link for more information and a timeline for this project.
In the coming months, Friends of Clark Co. hopes to convene a study group to develop a framework on this issue to better affordable housing in Clark County while protecting natural resources in the rural areas and promoting livability and equity in the urban areas. Drop us a line if you are interested in participating firstname.lastname@example.org