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Important Public Hearing in East Wenatchee, Tonight!
For more than a year, BNCW and our partner NCWAR have been engaged in pushing back against an effort to implement Minimum Density standards within the urban growth area (UGA) in East Wenatchee.
These requirements would essentially mandate that a property owner seeking to sub-divide their property must do so in a prescribed number of smaller lots, removing that decision from the property owner.
Planning staff is justifying the proposed ordinances as being necessary to comply with the state mandated Growth Management Act. Not true! There is nothing in the GMA that requires a city to adopt minimum density standards.
It's also being sold as an affordable housing program, when in fact it's not that at all. If that's the argument, then simply allow high-density, but don't mandate it. There is a limited market for high-density housing and once that market is saturated, then what? Everyone else (not everyone likes gulag-style living) will have to pay more because of artificial restrictions on the supply of housing, that’s what.
You cannot regulate affordability into existence, but you certainly can regulate unaffordability into existence!
Last year, a large number of citizens attended the public hearing, expressed their concerns about their property rights being adversely affected, and the City tabled the effort.
Tonight--Tuesday, August 8, at 5:30pm, there is yet another public hearing to pass the mandated minimum density standards/requirements. We're asking that you consider attending tonight's hearing--even if you simply do so and don't choose to speak, your presence in the audience is KEY!
Where: City Hall, Council Chambers, 271 9th Street NE, E.W.
When: 5:30pm, August 8
What: Public Hearing
Thank you for your involvement!
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