Sunday, March 25, 2007

Home Builders Oppose Affordable Housing

The Arkansas Home Builders Association testified against legislation that would have allowed local governments to use "inclusionary zoning" as a means to assure the availability of attainable housing in new subdivisions. At the request of the City of Fayetteville, a bill for affordable housing was introduced by Rep. Lindsley Smith and supported by Reps. Jim House and Jon Woods. It was also supported by the Arkansas Municipal League. The legislation was killed in the House Committee on City, County, and Local Affairs after Rep. Ray Kidd of Jonesboro said he didn't like it because it was a "Fayetteville-type bill" and Julie Mills, Vice President of the Arkansas Home Builders Association said that developers were against the idea of cities being able to zone for affordable housing because it could reduce profits for developers.

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