When a Clark County housing advisory committee recently held a lengthy discussion on the need for mixed dwelling types, one comment in particular stood out.
The advisory group is tasked with making recommendations, based on an ongoing study, to the Clark County Council on ways to create more affordable housing in the unincorporated Vancouver Urban Growth Area.
Study consultants broke down the projected housing stock needed for six different income levels. John Blom, a real estate professional and former county councilor, mentioned that creating housing for the lowest five income levels is “a much more difficult policy question” than for the top one.
A recent council decision exemplified the difficult policy path affordable housing projects may face as the need for such housing intensifies.
A nonprofit that owns more than 3 acres of land in the Maple Tree Neighborhood of the Vancouver Urban Growth Area proposed a zoning change that would allow it to develop additional affordable housing on the property. Following several months of coordination with the county, the council rejected the amendment in a 3-2 vote.