Letters to the Editor

April 4, 2013

Low-income housing mandate hidden

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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