A person or family in York should be able to buy or rent an appropriate and affordable home.
York needs to address its homeless issue.
York needs attractive and amenity-supported housing options for at least these groups:
Downsizing or relocating baby boomers
Downsizing or relocating empty nesters
Upsizing or relocating families
Professional X’ers and millennials
York also needs appropriate and affordable housing for
The renters (individuals or families) currently in very low economic status
The buyers (including first-time buyers) in lower economic status
When a developer comes and is willing to put the money on the table to develop something, the city is either usually against it because they’re just against change, or they’re for it only because they think, well at least this is something. But what we need to do is to flip this script. We need to put forward the housing balance and diversity that we want. We show the amenities as part of that vision. And then let’s attract and work with those developers who can make that happen. We need to be data-driven and intentional about our housing development decisions. City Council needs to know and see clearly what our current housing balance is (this is visible currently in county reports) and what implications that has on our economy (taxes, services, consumer spending, etc.). They need a reference card alongside them as they evaluate development and housing so that we’re achieving the balance that we desire.