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Housing Affordabilty & ADUs

Housing Affordability

What happens when demand exceeds supply? The cost of housing and rent increases, taxes rise, and we are faced with a housing crisis. Demand for housing is continuing to climb driving up prices of homes and rent, but why do we still keep having a supply problem? Single Family Homes(SFH) and and three story apartments are all that is being built here. Multi Family Housing (MFH) has been restricted in Raleigh causing us to sprawl over a large area.

 

"My plan is to provide a city with housing options for all and an affordable future for generations to come."

 

My plan for housing affordability is straight forward:

  • Restructure the UDO to remove height restrictions so we can BUILD UP, NOT OUT & allow for MultiFamily housing which allows for structures like: duplexes, triplexes, cottage courts, slim/micro homes, module(connex), & tiny apartments.
  • Allow ADUs to be built by right with a $50 permit for record keeping. ADUs create soft density, very affordable housing on existing land for college students, local workforce, & senior care.
  • Remove remove unnecessary obstacles from building ADUs and MultiFamily Housing. Liberty, education, & encouragement to develop or build these structures should be the goal of the entire council.
  • Reduce minimum lot sizes to encourage the development of denser housing.
  • Reduce minimum parking requirments and encourage developers to create internal or subterranean parking for apartment complexes and large buildings.
  • Upzone along the BRT lines and other transit corridors to encourage growth that does not rely on vehicles, but walk-ability.
  • By following this plan, we create a greater revenue stream for the city so as not to rely on tax increases which make the cost of living increase and makes life more difficult for fixed income families.

I would like for developers to have the liberty to build to meet the needs of growth in our city without lengthy rezoning hearings that can take years. Single Family Housing is taking up large areas which limit our ability to keep up with demand. Ultimately, we will run out of space quicker. By making use of existing land and having a pro-density philosophy/plan of action, the city will see a rise in revenue so we are better able to pay off previous debts & rollback property taxes for a lower cost of living.

ADU Plan

I want anyone who has the space and the resources, to be able to build an ADU in their backyard by right. However, we do need to have standards in place so we do not have a tawdry and unsafe structure for people to live in. Therefore, I have put together a list that can be amended in the future that each ADU must have:

  • Full plumbing. To include running water, a shower, toilet, and sinks. Plumbing must be connected into the sewer system or waste disposal system that the primary housing structure belongs to.
  • HVAC. Heating and air conditioning must be present, connected, and functional at all times for the use of the occupant(s) at the ADU.
  • Electrical. Lighting must be present in all sections of the ADU including electrical outlets.
  • Max occupancy of 2.
  • Must contain smoke detectors, CO (carbon monoxide) detectors, and a minimum of 2 fire extinguishers per 800 sq ft. All items here must be checked quarterly.
  • Must be built in the same lot as a primary residence (House). It may not be the sole structure, nor can multiple ADUs be built on a single lot without a house present.
  • Structure must be insulated for energy efficiency.
  • The ADU must not create a hazard for the used lot (includes: primary dwelling unit and living elements), neighboring lots (includes dwelling unit and living elements), or the local environment. Should a hazard/damage be found or created by the ADU, its construction, or occupant(s), the primary dwelling unit owner shall be responsible for all costs incurred.
  • All available attempts to make parking on site must be made in order to not use up street parking space.
  • All new ADU prospects will apply for a permit to construct an ADU, all current ADUs will submit an attestation to the city that their ADU meets this plan. The permit and attestation will not go before council, but will be given from the city with a fee of $50 for record keeping.

 


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