Housing is one of the most basic needs of living for individuals and families. Due to the fact that individuals and families are different in their social and economic status, their professions, their religions, their personal preferences, etc., their desires and financial capabilities for housing type and price range are not the same. The city’s long-term housing policy should be to ensure that people of different social and economic levels have decent, safe and affordable housing.
Housing market is primarily driven by demand and supply. However, the city’s land use plan and development regulations can have a significant impact on this market in terms of timing, location, density, quality and sometimes style. This plan strives to utilize planning to establish a foundation for a balanced housing market in the planning area.
Diversification of housing is important for diversifying local economic base. Businesses need employees of different educational backgrounds, professional skills and career interests. Availability of housing varieties, especially affordable housing for moderate/low income families, sometimes plays an important part in business decisions for location and operation. The city’s land use plan and development regulations should promote a balance of housing types rather than promoting high quality housing at the expense of affordable housing. Affordable housing does not have to be equivalent to low quality. It requires serious commitment and creative thinking.
This section discusses, in general terms, the approach this plan takes to achieve the city’s long-term goal for a balance in housing provision and its potential impact on the future of the community’s housing market. This plan recognizes the market function on local housing provision and offers a constructive guidance through its conceptual land use plan rather than a direct government intervention.
The Plan’s Approach Towards Housing
This plan follows some basic land use principles in its recommendations on residential development. In the meantime, it attempts to offer maximum flexibility. These features can be summarized as follows:
These are some of the tools provided by this plan for promoting a healthy residential development pattern. They are not intended to regulate the housing market by governmental power but to guide future residential development decisions by offering the needed tools for achieving the community goals. The elected city officials, the development community and city planners all have the responsibility to work together to ensure that the city offers housing choices for individuals and families of all social and economic levels.