Unhappy with development transfers

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 22, 2014 

The county has suggested that transfer of development rights be utilized when cities expand their urban growth boundaries. I believe this is a far cry from what transfer rights were intended to be used for, so instead of a way to provide increased density, this would be an added expense of opening up an urban growth area. This does not accomplish what is critically important in Whatcom County and that is to assist in the process of providing affordable housing. We have been so intent on not building in rural areas, we have forgotten the people that would like to get a toehold in owning real estate, instead of being a renter. Let's rethink what is being suggested and allow the market to establish the price of transfer rights, not some bureacrat.

Bill Henshaw

Bellingham

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