LETTER: For housing, governing is complicated

Posted 5/16/17

While working away on my spring homeowner chores, I set out some old newspapers to catch the paint drips.

An article from the Nov. 4, 2015 edition of the Port Townsend & Jefferson County …

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LETTER: For housing, governing is complicated

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While working away on my spring homeowner chores, I set out some old newspapers to catch the paint drips.

An article from the Nov. 4, 2015 edition of the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader caught my eye: “Affordable housing, rentals discussion continues in city.”

The issues included the astonishing increase in the number of second-home purchases, their use or non-use as rentals and the fact that infrastructure for housing developments, which used to be paid for by the city, were now paid for by the developers who could recognize a profit only if they built high-end units for the more wealthy.

A quote in the article asked, “How much of our housing stock is being eroded, literally, by the purchase of second homes that are not going on the market as rentals?”

The City Council began a process to allow for short-term rentals, which had been prohibited.

Governing is complicated.

LESLIE AICKIN

Port Townsend

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