In the Media
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With almost 50% of the city population classified as singles, the Zoning for Quality and Affordability report currently under review recommends relaxing density caps and eliminating the 400-square-foot minimum for studio apartments. The idea behind relaxing the the caps isn’t increasing the number of buildings but changing how the existing one are carved up. Commenting on the issue, Citizens Housing and Planning Council deputy director Sarah Watson remarked “It’s far better to do this in an upfront way and allow denser housing rather than having hidden density on the inside of these buildings.”
The Zoning for Quality and Affordability Proposal currently being reviewed has two changes geared toward tackling a problem housing advocates have been focused on for years. Nearly half of the city’s population is estimated to be single persons yet only 7% of the housing stock is made up of studios and 35% one-bedrooms. “You can’t deny the data,” said Sarah Watson, deputy director of Citizens Housing and Planning Council, “this mismatch causes all sorts of economic distortions.”
The College of Architecture and Design fall lecture series is back and look who’s a part of the line-up, CHPC’s Deputy Director Sarah Watson who will be presenting on October 19. The topic, “Making Room: A New Approach to Housing Choice.”
Congratulations to our Board Chairman, Richard Robertson his new appointment! He has been elected to the board of Directors of the Housing Partnership Development Corporation.
Is AirBnB having an effect on areas outside the city also? The jury is still out. However, according to Sarah Watson, deputy director of Citizens Housing & Planning Council “we know that the rise of informal vacation rentals in high-demand cities has an impact on housing supply even if we can’t quantify it perfectly yet.”
Changing lifestyles and the demand for housing in urban areas has made the ideas of micro and transformable apartments very attractive “The demand for housing is not abating, so thinking about density and efficiency is key”, says Sarah Watson deputy director at Citizens Housing & Planning Council.
Consultant with Citizens Housing & Planning Council Harold Shultz, will be taking part in the upcoming Symposium. NTLA Symposium 2015 is for investors seeking guidance in a specific state, established lenders or tax lien attorneys looking to discuss details on the latest laws and regulations, servicers or data providers looking to innovate and grow, or local government tax collectors aiming to bring value to your county property tax department.
Inside the Rent, which was created by CHPC to look at the different factors affecting the cost of housing has been used as a tool to determine the cost of apartments in the D C area. Even with the cost of land, construction and property taxes much lower than the New York area, the price of a new two bedroom apartment would average over $3,000.00.
Testifying before the Indiana State Senate earlier this year, James Shrek of the Heritage Foundation used data from our research on prevaling wages to show the impact it has on the construction and rental costs of low-income houses.
The Department of City Planning has been working on the first serious update of the city’s zoning code since the 1980s. The report the Building Envelope Conundrum put out by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council last summer is being looked at by the department as they go about making changes.
The supply of apartments being built in the city seems to be on the rise, however most of the new inventory does not fall into the affordable housing category. Deputy Executive Director of Citizens Housing & Planning Council Sarah Watson believes loosening government regulations would allow smaller developers to build a wider variety of housing.
Community preference is being threatened with the filing of a lawsuit by a fair-housing group. According to Jerilyn Perine, Executive Director of the housing research organization Citizens Housing and Planning Council “Community preference was born to make sure that people who were living in not-great conditions, in neighborhoods that were struggling, had an opportunity to take advantage of the improvements that were happening.”