Letters: Longmont growth; gun laws; loud cars; Just Facts

Letters: Longmont growth; gun laws; loud cars; Just Facts

Longmont’s out-of-control growth In the late ’80s and ’90s as a condition for annexation, former Longmont city councils established an affordable housing percentage requirement. They established this as a community goal. Between 2009 and 2011 council members (Baum, Santos, Sammoury and Witt) repealed this long-established community goal to side with developers, thus helping them achieve their corporate financial goals to the detriment of the community. The Mayor Stoecker City Council required every annexed parcel of residential zoned land to provide a percentage of it as Affordable Housing or give a cash-in-lieu payment to the city to assist in affordable housing goals. When former-Mayor Baum and those council members removed the affordable housing percentage requirements for new annexations, the long-term consequences would not be truly recognized for almost 10 years. It appears that now is our time of reckoning. The majority on council today seems to have forgotten who their constituents are when it comes to community growth and sprawl. Without an appropriate affordable housing component requirement, the current council is just greenlighting every annexation in a feeble attempt to provide housing without really addressing the underlying community issues. Affordable housing percentage requirements provide housing for police, firefighters, teachers, nurses and all kinds of essential workers in our community. We cannot build our way out of this dilemma without a percentage requirement. As Dr. Juday and former City Manager Pedrow have pointed out, we owe nothing to the developers. The current residents of Longmont are the customers that we should […]

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