|"revisit...current approach" or maintain exclusionary policies?|
Scholia from Sightline's Andersen on LOC letter
that Salem signed onto
If the City had shown they could actually make progress on this, the argument for subsidiarity might be proper. But the underlying desire is for more exlusionary zoning and exclusionary neighborhoods. It's "don't tell me what to do, because I don't want to do it."
|The letter follows from this statement|
of Legislative "policy statements"
(at Council last Monday)
Why do we not lead with values instead of leading with self-interested bureaucratic process as if bureaucracy itself was the end? The end is fairer housing, and since local self-determination and home rule has failed to bring this about, we have the State intervening. The City should welcome the State's clarity.
We also have Our Salem in process, and as imperfect as that is, it's not finished and we don't have any kind of formal statement that the City of Salem opposes the policies the DLCD is contemplating. What we have is inertia, and that is the primary ground on which opposition to middle housing stands.
Indeed, the current trend in Our Salem is likely not to be enough. The "Neighborhood Hub" at the moment does not seem robust enough, and the four scenarios from earlier in the year were not in fact differentiated very strongly.
- "Our Salem Map of "What We Heard" Suggests limited Appetite for Change"
- "First Impressions of Our Salem Scenarios: Not Inspiring"
- "From Indicators to Guiding Principles: Our Salem's Latest Round Diluted too Much"
- "Climate and the Neighborhood Hub Survey"
|On a smaller scale,|
this looks a lot like our approach in Our Salem
- via Twitter
Since the City has found it difficult to enact housing policy, the City should welcome the State's effort. This also frees up the City to stop fighting that battle and to turn its attention to other exigencies. We have many urgent problems, and if government at one level can make progress on one of them, we should get out of the way and work on something else.