Task force explores potential affordable housing sites
by Anna Oakes
Members of Boone's Affordable Housing Task Force this week continued a discussion about how to identify sites that could be suitable for affordable housing.
Boone Planning & Inspections staff presented an online, interactive GIS map highlighting properties valued at $250,000 or less, $150,000 or less and $50,000 or less. Last month, task force members said they would work to establish a value "threshold" at which to identify locations that could be developed or redeveloped with affordable or workforce housing.
But the discussion Wednesday focused less on value and more on location, with members exploring tracts on the N.C. 105 Extension and near New Market Centre they said would work well because of their proximity to existing neighborhoods, Hardin Park School and a shopping center.
Task force members said the creation of new moderate-density residential zoning districts could provide development options for properties while having fewer negative impacts on adjacent neighborhoods.
The Boone Town Council in July authorized the task force to identify individual properties that might be suitable for redevelopment or development as affordable or workforce housing and to study, identify and recommend incentive mechanisms for development of affordable and workforce housing, including preferential treatment for water allocations and density bonuses.