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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The lack of commitment blame game

Brittany Retherford writes the Berg Heights project denied, November 23, 2005
A Grass Valley housing subdivision that promised 100 percent affordability was denied by the City Council Tuesday evening, raising the ire of the many Nevada County residents who packed City Hall to hear the decision.

The project, Berg Heights, was appealed after a Planning Commission refusal over concerns about traffic along Ridge Road. That decision was upheld by the City Council in a 3-2 vote Tuesday.
I was not going to comment on this decision by the Grass Valley City Council. But then I read the the article several more times. It occurs to me that we do not have local affordable housing because our government leaders are incapable of making decisions that promote the development of affordable housing, and then blame some one else for their failures.

Both Swathout and Johnson put the blame on the developer for their no vote. Williams would never have voted for it regardless of it’s merits, as it promoted growth.
Swarthout also said she was bothered by the position the applicants put the City Council in by making them appear as if they were against affordable housing.
Duh! It was the developers fault!

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