Letter: Mitch Turner, Hamilton

Editor: The Board of Supervisors is out of touch with its attempts at central planning of Loudoun’s housing options.

We don’t need the same tired policies of the past. For example, when considering the issue of “attainable” housing, the board should look beyond old policies and consider creative strategies that have been employed successfully in other local jurisdictions. There is a strong preference for more “for sale” homes that our first responders and others can actually afford to purchase rather than “for rent” apartments.

I urge the board to move past the thought that “for-rent” apartments are the sole solution to the affordability issue. They aren’t and not everyone wants to live in an apartment. Home ownership needs to be at the forefront of the board’s affordable housing objectives.

Mitch Turner, Hamilton

3 thoughts on “Letter: Mitch Turner, Hamilton

  • 2021-10-09 at 8:44 pm

    There’s a terrible housing shortage in Loudoun County. I would support more affordable houses (in conjunction with affordable apartments). I’m even open to the idea of tiny-home communities carefully placed throughout the county. These are small homes (under 400 square feet) for cash-strapped individuals or families. They’re usually located near public transit to help ensure the mobility of residents. Basically, I believe there should be no homelessness in Loudoun. And that everyone along the financial spectrum should have an opportunity to experience the beauty that Loudoun has to offer.

  • 2021-10-11 at 4:14 pm

    A question to anyone who wants to see taxpayer-funded housing programs in Loudoun…

    Do you support Mcauliffe’s (D) plan to grant the federal government the power to override local zoning laws in Virginia in order to build high-density housing developments?

    Does that sound like a good idea for Loudoun?

    He’s published a ten page “Housing Policy” manifesto. I urge everyone to read it. Let it soak in. And then cast a vote for Youngkin (R).

  • 2021-10-12 at 5:53 am

    When was the last time any developer in Loudoun offered to build an all studio community or even one that was all one bedroom for primarily single people regardless of whether rented or owned? You don’t see places like Greenwich Connecticut putting an ADU requirement on an estate but well planned, well maintained lower cost facilities near commerce and transportation.

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