Low-income housing mandate hidden

April 4, 2013 

The Stanislaus Council of Governments Valley Vision Plan, which involves millions of dollars received in grant funds for transportation improvements, includes building 25,608 low-income, high-density multifamily structures on vacant lots within many city-county neighborhoods. We don't need another housing bubble.

In the few StanCOG public presentations made to date, why is the public not being informed about the low-income housing mandate?

Local agencies have long been providing low-income (Section 8) housing to needy persons. The growth of Modesto shouldn't be directed into becoming a subsidization hub for people to flock to.

No government grant program for transportation funds (that requires future housing growth numbers) should ever be able to destroy a resident's property and quality of life protections under the U.S. Constitution, nor should the creation of a "sustainable city" for the future be able to force building that would be bad for residents.

DONNA MINIGHINI

Modesto

Editor's note: The Valley Vision Stanislaus plan is being prepared by StanCOG in response toSenate Bill 375, a 2008 state law requiring planners to coordinate land use, housing and transportation planning to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan is expected to be adopted by fall. More information: www.valleyvisionstanislaus.com or by calling project manager Jaylen French at (209) 525-4600.

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