“…we can all work together to at least …”
This is a great site for all of us to vent our frustrations while at the same time have some fun. Most of the blogging that takes place here, however, contains finger pointing, some anger and a surliness that gets old from beating the same dead horse, prop 46, and its associated problems with the budget.
I’d like to address this column to everyone, especially Johnny Tlag and his McMansionites.
Mr Tlag, there is a big problem looming for our town that will, indeed, promote cookie cutter building lots with tiny houses loaded with special needs children and parents who could care less about the education budget or what their children are doing. Yes, sadly, there is that group of people, who for various unfortunate circumstances, are trapped and more than willing to bring their baggage to our doorstep. Who can blame them? I can certainly understand their plight. I was brought up in a housing project in Hartford. I know what it’s like.
I am not saying that all people in housing projects are undesireable…not by a long shot. But let’s ‘call a spade a spade’. A big influx of “affordable housing” will affect all of us bigtime in many ways. I don’t want to argue the merits of encouraging a migration of lower income people to our town, nor will I favor not encouraging it. I’m just letting you know that it could very well happen. It won’t be because of any action taken by CPS. It will happen because all of us, CPS’ers, McMansionites, and the rest have been sold out by our Planning and Zoning Commission.
About a year ago, our zoning regulations were amended. There were a few but major changes quietly made that could have an astounding impact on the character of our town. For example, wording was added that includes the building of affordable housing. In addition, the developments that include this type of housing will be permitted to include 20% more units than would otherwise be allowed in more traditional developments. The new regs will also allow more houses to be build on our existing roads because the minimum frontage requirement for a unit was reduced from 200 feet down to 100 feet.
You might ask, why was this done? I asked that very same question to Mr. Joe Breen, a member of the commission during the time these new regs were being introduced. His response was “…to encourage diversity in Woodstock”. Well, pardon me, but I will argue that there’s plenty of diversity here already. Does the fact that we are mostly of light skin make us homogeneous?
In any event, I believe the new regs were slipped in with the help of considerable influence from our community of developers. Think about this. Soon the McMansion bubble will burst and the developer will be left with nothing to do but shift gears and grab asistance from Federal and State agencies so that they can keep busy. They will build all the affordable housing they can.
Here’s an issue, folks, where we can all work together to at least modify some of these new provisions or get rid of them entirely.