My concern about the proposed Planned Affordable Development overlay is, how do we integrate a high-density PAD development sandwiched between a neighborhood like Walker with low slump box homes?
How do we make higher density fit into an existing family-friendly R-2 neighborhood?
There are some large lots in town that are empty, on a corner separate enough from existing homes that a whole little eco-village scene could be designed. I am in support of spot zoning in town and building pedestrian-only access bermed-earth condos on the hillsides.
I think spot zoning for co-housing and cooperative housing in the R-2-R-4 zones and scheming with San Juan County with investment in a public transportation system has much promise.
I think we need to design housing developments that include shared studio work spaces for woodworking, fiber arts, ceramics, and other local crafts that would provide self-employment opportunities helping to diversify our economy.
If enough interested people get together to design a cooperatively owned development that can support their livelihood, then we have addressed both housing and creative self-employment.
I think we ought to run an innovation tournament. I would welcome suggestions that address housing, employment and food security with conscious use of water.
We need to get involved in a way beyond just asking for input to the status quo. We need to question the status quo. If the status quo no longer serves us we need to come up with ideas that do and that protect the environment for future generations.