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We Need More Homes and Apartments in Palm Coast. A Lot More.

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A view from the author’s backyard on the P Section of the Palm Coast: Houghton’s house under construction and a car speeding down Point Pleasant Drive. (©Flagler Live)

3 years ago I wax gas station poem Regarding the leveling of the site facing our house. A bulldozer arrived after ten years of peace in his P-section streets of ours, where half the lot was still desolate. The idyll is over. Since then, it’s all been carpet bombing: a dozen plots in front, behind and to the side of the house have been leveled and housed, new residents gas marked their territories, barring supply chain hostages – Gazzler widens the driveway and a welcome sign that pierces the ground. It’s just the beginning.

Pierre Tristam column flaglerlive.com flaglerlive No complaints. If the 2008 housing crash had been exorcised, it would have definitely happened.Gas guzzlers aside (we are mavericks, we park fossil-fueled oil renner mobile in the garage) my family and I were just those people. We moved to tiny Versailles in the year of the crash and said goodbye to our rental in Woodlands to take advantage of House Flipper beyond his greed.

Whatever the circumstances, Palm Coast homeowners have grounds when they argue that the others behind them shouldn’t be welcomed, that there is too much development, that new developments aren’t compatible with old developments. No. Unless they are confiscated Timucua Indians, they are not.

To those reaping the fruits of previous waves of overdevelopment, it may seem like “overdevelopment.” But for the most part, opponents are simply selfish or bigoted, shrouded in a sanctuary of protecting neighborhood and property values.The fate of every square inch of development on the Palm Coast was decided years ago. it was done. Developers are simply filling in the blanks with land-use change that occasionally gets a lot of attention.

They aren’t doing it fast enough. The price is too high because there are too few homes under construction and not too many. Housing shortages are acute in this country and even worse on the Palm Coast. “Last Year,” The New York Times reported this month“Freddie Mac estimated a housing shortfall of 2.5 million to 3.8 million units in 2018. Other analysts put out different numbers, but nearly all said there was enough for the country to catch up. We agree that we have not built more housing, especially for low- and middle-income households.The failure to build these units has spread in recent years from some coastal cities to much wider parts of the country. are the biggest contributors to the affordability crisis.”

The Palm Coast’s current problem is affordability. His average home price is $400,000, double what he had four years ago. The rent for his one-bedroom apartment was $1,500 for him, double what he paid for his mortgage when he bought the P section. Housing supply has plunged to a historic six-week supply. According to the Flagler County Real Estate AssociationBuyers are increasing the price of their homes.Sale signs are like Palm Coast Appearance of the famous bobcatgone before you saw them.

That is the housing shortage and the opposition to high density. It’s not sustainable and it’s not fair to young families and students who want to live here. They’re not just hurting buyers on the lower end of the mortgage affordability scale. They’re hurting builders big and small, retreating to protect investments and prevent over-expansion, further fueling the housing crisis.

You can’t do anything about high interest rates. Anyway, they’ve been at an artificially low level for too long, a false prosperity that hasn’t yet penetrated those who can most take advantage of it: the middle and working classes who are trying to move into their place. I am creating an illusion.

OCD Flagler LiveHowever, there are many things that can be done locally to alleviate shortages and high rates. Thanks to Republicans, we can’t afford the cost of affordable housing. repeated theft housing trust fund meant to do just that– Local governments should help builders, not give in NIMBYismEven when the backlash from existing residents goes awry, it’s so intense that it turns development into a kind of sacrilege, making developers more reluctant to start construction and putting them back on the hook. Prices will rise. Affordable housing becomes a lost cause.

There are plenty of well-deserved criticisms of developers and builders (which industry has no rake?) From the appearance of the house on the assembly line, many Florida developers seem to have an aversion to aesthetics. A PR could use some help. Instead of claiming the affordability they allow, they’re like modern khans leveling and cubing as much as they can, whining and moaning about paying their fair share of the development impact fee. tend to fall out.

In Flagler, builders and developers wage a guerrilla war over school influence fees. It doesn’t matter if you need it now, 18 months or 36 months from now. In a $400,000 home environment.developer’s County Commissioner’s Amen Corner Not helpful. They need to advocate for higher impact fees, wider schools, and better school districts. It has a much higher impact fee and is the best school district in the state each year.

But the influence fee is secondary and kind of makes it hard to defend the developer’s cause without being in bad taste. That disgust pales in comparison to the way some existing residents speak ill of the people who live in their apartments (or mobile homes!). They make up stories about crime around apartment complexes, and think that plots smaller than the quarter-acre standard are a violation of their Euclid. A cult, or someone who thinks city road traffic shouldn’t behave like city road traffic. Palm Coast is not a village. It makes no difference whether the Old King’s Road was built block by block over 20 years or built rapidly over 5 years. The end result is the same. Also, Old King’s Road has four lanes before he faces the Atlantic Ocean. We guarantee.

Developers literally have the right to do what they do. In the 1960s ITT invented the Palm Coast. As a city of 600,000 peopleThankfully we’re not even a sixth of the way through yet, and in any event we won’t be arriving before the ocean hits our neighborhood. But let’s not become a gated community in the middle. So bad that the Palm Coast has yet to transform from a soulless sprawl into an actual city worthy of its name. Why encourage more of the same?

There are strong arguments against the sanctity and densification of single-family homes. Land is a limited resource. Apartments are not the enemy. If that’s what people like, neither are small plots or tiny houses. People who migrate to the Palm Coast tend to be older. they are shrinking. Existing residents should not have veto power over the wishes of future residents. It is hypocritical and unacceptable.That’s Why Palm Coast City Council Eddie Branquinho’s Opposition to Ideology To a ridiculous density, like his outdated claims of turning the Palm Coast into Newark. Fortunately, Newark is experiencing a renaissance enough to gentrify the city.

Until a developer proposes an apartment complex next door, we won’t be California liberals whose left-wing sensibilities are focused solely on taking care of the underprivileged. (Last September’s San Francisco Chronicle headline said it all.Why California liberals turn into raging conservatives over housing”)

Our backyard needs more homes and apartments. I literally speak for myself. Over time, one of the last remaining scrublands in the P section, a 35-acre sprawl with trees looming beyond the kitchen window, will be replaced with 72 lots. As we speak, the slash-and-burn scheme is going through the city’s regulatory phase. Once the small forest of free oxygen is replaced by the blacks and grays of heat-seeking shingles, lies what is now known as Point Pleasant Drive.

But we need those homes, and along with the apartment complexes, we need many more like them.

Pierre Tristam Editor of FlaglerLive.contact him by email hereThe version of this work that aired on WNZF.

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