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Inclusionary Zoning: What's That All About

Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!

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All in the Name of inclusion?

I had never really thought a lot about Inclusionary Housing/Zoning, until a couple of years ago, after reading an article in our local newspaper.

The article detailed a lawsuit, which had been filed by a Developer, a developer that our County is very familiar with, for he has been very active in working to get around a rural boundary, which has been in place for over a decade, in order to develop it.

The newspaper article detailed the back and forth up to the point of impasse, at which time, this developer filed a lawsuit. The article goes on to detail how far this man was/is willing to go, in order to get his way!

While he continues the fight to get in, we continue to fight to keep him out and against this destructive encroachment into these sensitive, protected areas...and into our lives.

Before I get too far ahead on this, some background:

Several years ago, in 2004, we voted for the protection of environmentally sensitive areas; wetlands, woodlands, rivers, wildlife, etc., via a rural boundary. An invisible wall or barrier, if you will, to hold off the onslaught of massive, encroaching development, any further than it has already crept into the more rural areas of the county.

So now that you have a better picture...this particular ambitious Developer’s lawsuit claims the boundary "has a clear and negative disparate impact on racial minorities - denying them their rights for housing."

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Inclusionary zoning

The AFFH Rule - Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, was mandated by the Obama/Biden Administration.

These Mandates or *Set-Asides are percentages of affordable housing, required in redevelopment areas or in newly developed areas. This 'Rule' is currently in operation in many cities and on the table, about to be in the works, for others.

In States such as New Jersey, for example, the progressive left is pushing for higher percentages on these mandates, as they accuse cities of not being inclusionary enough, if certain mandates aren’t met quickly enough.

The current Progressive, Democratic Mayors of Newark and Hoboken, New Jersey, are all about progressive transformation, via the utilization of inclusionary zoning, in their *sanctuary cities.

Any new development or redevelopment (also known as *gentrification) requires a minimum of 20% be “set-aside” for affordable housing.

The Mayor of Newark explains how overseers are necessary, because developers aren't always on board!

Since implementation (aka: mandating this) some areas, have even seen up to 50%, more affordable housing. It was implied that, at times, they must "force developers" to get with the program.

Hoboken's Mayor considers this Obama mandate a "powerful tool" against those who would "weasel out" of their obligation to include more affordable housing, whether it be new development or a redevelopment.

The Barack Obama Administration enacted inclusionary zoning in an effort to "combat trends". For example, the Mayor questioned why only the affluent could live along the waterfront, while others could not, due to income. Explaining that rezoning in all areas, including the waterfront and more affluent areas, is a "means to an end" tool, and while Hoboken is currently only at 10%, they are working toward the 20%, which Newark currently mandates/Rules.

He continued by saying they must continue to "work to move" Committee members to get to this commitment of 20%", because over 8,000 people are on waiting lists for affordable housing (in this sanctuary city) and this “means to an end" is necessary to get those on the list into more affordable housing.

Advocates for redevelopment, propose taking land and rezoning, in order for more affordable housing, via more multi-family units.

“Proper zoning“ would see 200 units vs. 10 or 20 in some of these areas.

Holding officials, "feet to the flame", for more affordable housing, "pushing to meet the needs or else...there will be consequences!" It will take "Community advocates and Social Justice all involved, to get more units going up.”

An Attorney spokesperson states that new residential housing should accommodate for all income levels, so that no one feels "squeezed out by luxury housing". These areas must be "more diverse and crafting is crucial in controlling and forcing developers hand.
If the developers are still reluctant to comply... then they must make community contributions.“ {read that again}

Other members of this New Jersey Citizen Action Committee meeting, which I listened in on, spoke of political winds, waiting on the State to subsidize, creating more affordability and emphasized that racism must be factored in. For “racism breeds segregation and so they must persist in calling it what it is, whenever "inclusionary zoning" is rejected, because “housing is a fundamental right.”


Be Involved

So to bring this back around, full circle...I see this as one in the same; a greedy developer and his vision of multi-family housing throughout environmentally sensitive areas, not designed nor equipped for such an onslaught, using everything at his disposal, including disparaging remarks about people who choose to live away from the city.

As if, they do not have the same right to housing or to live where and how they choose to live!

  • I've no doubt that the Democratic Party seeks to control everything we do, they'd prefer for us all to be stacked up in the city, in order to have more control over our lives. (under their thumbs, as they have done in inner cities for decades upon decades) Why do they work so hard to accommodate those who enter this country illegally? Why do they abhor the idea of citizens living outside the city limits; in suburbs, on farms, in rural areas...why do they work so hard to end the electoral college? They'll do whatever necessary to gain control over every single aspect of our lives. I digress!

Other developers in other cities, whether in full compliance or having their hand forced, to deny housing rights to some, in order to accommodate others, in the name of fairness, inclusion, although, in the process, it becomes exclusionary and strong-armed!

As if people cannot be trusted to make their own way, to make their own decisions, as to where they will live and how they will live in a free country...without Government intrusion and interference and this is exactly what it is, what it has become!

Whether it’s a lone developer deploying “inclusionary zoning” to his full advantage, citing racism, if necessary, as holding him back or progressive city Mayors forcing all developers to get with the program, take losses, exclude some, in order to accommodate and include others.

Others that would probably prefer to just be left alone, to not be used as pawns and for Government to stay out of their lives and out of their business.

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When I was growing up, we lived very modestly, my Dad would often be working more than one job. We didn’t have a lot, but he always made sure that we had a roof over our heads and food to eat, because, we were his responsibility!
By the time I was in high school, we had a bigger house, not palatial, not “on or even near the waterfront“, but our nicest house to date.

It took decades for my parents to get there, but this is how it is for most low to middle-class families.

I remember once when I was in elementary school, going to a friend’s house in a different neighborhood and it seemed like a palace, compared to where we lived. Her parents were older than mine and my parents explained, that they had worked longer and had earned that bigger house, in a nicer neighborhood, over time.

I never figured anything was owed to me or that it wasn’t fair.

When it was time for me to marry and start a family, it was the same.

We worked and saved and did without, did without, did without....in order to work up to a bigger home, in a rural area, where we chose as the right place for us, to raise our family!

We never expected to see a day, when that would be seen, implied, called... something entirely different, than what it is:

  • Us, working and saving toward...our American Dream!

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All of us must be involved and aware of who is seeking office in our communities. Most are in office or want to be in office for the best interest of the people and for the betterment of their community.

But, for some, it is strictly in an activist, progressive, transformational role and they are dangerous!

It is as imperative as state and national elections, to be involved and informed.

So far we have a County Commission, standing with the people, firm and steadfast for this legal and binding, rural boundary, but we could so easily end up with activists, not caring who or what they walk over or what harm they do, as long as they get the transformation, they seek and desire.

Elections have consequences.

Be involved!


Inclusionary Zoning

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 A B Williams

Comments

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 18, 2020:

"Some of it"...was plenty to listen to, you didn't miss anything.

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 18, 2020:

I listened to some of it. Didn't hear a whole lot about what they planned to do themselves. The platform seems to be that they are not Trump.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 17, 2020:

....and don't get me started on the highlights (make that lowlights) of the DNC 'Convention' tonight, who are these people? What a bunch of hate mongers!

Still ticked that President Trump won....nothing of substance to offer... just full of hate, ugliness and so many lies and radical ideas!! Ugh... I couldn't take it!

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 17, 2020:

LOL @ your not elaborating comment.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 17, 2020:

That wasn't elaborating...that was adding to the story! ;)

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 17, 2020:

My prayer and heart's desire... is that enough people are finally fed up and saying ENOUGH...of these pathetic, activist, weasely Dems, who wouldn't know what leadership is...if it hit them right upside the head!

Especially in cities such as; Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York City, currently being destroyed in more ways than ones! They can blame anything and everything and they do (in particular, racism) but deep down they are to blame!!! The people know it!

Dems have used it, abused it, snoozed it and hopefully will soon lose it.....their jobs that is!!! :)

I have heard that there is a strong possibility that New York may go Red! Wouldn't that be something?

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 16, 2020:

No need to elaborate. I agree. Many things people play the race or racism card for have nothing to do with race.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 16, 2020:

The development we are fighting to keep from coming into protected areas isn't mandated. They just see dollar signs in these undeveloped areas and {think} they have found their "means to an end" (claiming racism)

I am opposed to making everything about race, since Obama. I could elaborate!!

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 16, 2020:

OH....grrrrr. I just tried to edit my comment before it stuck that way and ran out of time.

I re-read part of your article and I think I have a better understanding of what you mean. But what I still don't understand is why can't they just build the mandated housing elsewhere instead of in protected areas?

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 16, 2020:

I'm a little confused. Maybe I need to read this again. Are you for inclusionary housing or against it? And I'm not sure what that has to do with luxury housing in protected areas.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 16, 2020:

I love the idea of restoring or revitalizing old, abused, run down areas. If a town, city, community can participate in this to bring an area back to life, thriving once more, strengthening the local economy...then by all means, they should, right?

Not so fast....it TOO is a problem today for activist hate groups such as BLM, apparently!

Young, clueless, brats in the streets with their megaphones, potty mouths and repetitive, mind-numb chants, are harassing people in their homes, just trying to mind their own business and live their lives, they aren’t bothering anyone!

What of their rights?

Why must they be deprived of peace of mind?

It is not okay when people cannot even have rest or feel safe in their own homes!

These groups doing this are guilty of harassment and disturbing the peace, they are a public nuisance and need to be treated as such!

Enough!

https://nypost.com/2020/08/14/seattle-blm-proteste...

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 14, 2020:

I can imagine Eric! Just from the 'tone' of the meeting I listened in on, it was evident that any person that may stand in opposition to any of this or that might question, be leery of, their "means to a end" tactics, best steer clear. Can't see them having a voice in this. Of course they do "have a voice" with their vote, but they continue to elect these progressive leftists! I guess...maybe they are rigged from the start. Scary stuff!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 14, 2020:

Don't ever be the representative fighting these guys. Normal life turns into hell.