Rob Douglas' column is a developer's mouthpiece. He let Mary Brown write his last column on housing. This week, he writes that suspending our affordable housing ordinances amounts to a compromise. Ridiculous! Suspending a zoning code is exactly the same as repealing the code. Billions in development value, such as the Thunderhead, Ski Time Square, St. Cloud Mountain Club and other projects, will become vested with no affordable housing obligations whatsoever.
Douglas ignores an easy counter argument. These ordinances already sleep until someone sees enough demand to build a project. With no demand and no permit pulled, the ordinance is moot.
The "obstacles" Douglas would clear away to stimulate growth happen to be our community goals. Far from the "middle ground" Douglas alleges his column to be, Douglas is advocating selling out our town, plain and simple.