McKinney Chamber of Commerce CEO addresses affordable housing in McKinney
McKinney, Texas – Affordable housing is an issue facing cities across the country. And McKinney is no exception.
At a recent McKinney City Council session, Lisa Hermes, President and CEO of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, spoke about this issue:
?? I am here today to applaud the work you do as you take on the challenge of creating a truly balanced housing stock for our community today and for our community of tomorrow ?? Hermes said. “As projects go to council, you often hear our neighbors expressing concerns and fears that are not always rooted in the facts. Collective housing should be part of an overall housing strategy and not be seen as a taboo housing option. In addition to affordability, it is increasingly becoming a lifestyle choice by many segments of our population.
Additionally, the McKinney Chamber has issued the following statement regarding balanced and / or affordable housing in McKinney:
?? The McKinney Chamber of Commerce recognizes that housing affordability is not unique to McKinney. The cost of housing problem was not created by the current council and will take a long term approach to help resolve it. We applaud the current board as it seeks to initiate steps for a long-term plan that can begin to make progress on McKinney’s sustainability.
We understand the growing burden of housing for many of our citizens, resulting in a workforce problem for many businesses, large and small. As companies seek to recruit workers including young professionals, teachers, manufacturing, distribution, hospitality, entry level professional positions, to name a few, this is has become an increasingly difficult problem for McKinney companies to recruit and retain a talented workforce.
The impact of the lack of foster homes for young families has created a challenge for our school district with declining elementary student populations putting state funding at risk. Apart from the fact that funding is compromised, the cost of housing becomes a greater burden on teachers and civil servants ?? Income.
Plus, as companies recruit workers as far away as Oklahoma, we recognize increased levels of traffic congestion and wear and tear on our roads. Taxpayer money is spent in city and state budgets to fund ever higher transportation costs just to import labor due to lack of housing affordability. It must be recognized that some of the biggest property taxpayers cannot find their workforce in McKinney, which increases the risk of their business moving or the ever-increasing cost of financing road construction.
We urge the council to review the data provided by recent analysis from the esteemed group, Root Policy Research, and use the information to provide a clear vision of the city’s future growth. The Chamber’s vision is to create a vibrant and globally competitive community for present and future generations. This can only be achieved if our community has diverse housing options for residents at all stages of their lives.
It must be recognized that the free market cannot solve housing affordability when a free market does not exist. Things like minimum lot sizes, maximum building heights, increased construction standards, parking garages and other requirements will force the city to contribute directly to the affordability of the community. We encourage municipal standards that contribute to sustainability, but discourage the use of overly restrictive standards and fees to discriminate between housing types or family income categories.
We encourage the Council to analyze the data and then use the information provided to create a balanced plan for a sustainable community. A plan with measurable benchmarks linked to diversified housing to build a sustainable city that can be followed in times when one examines cases of individual zoning which, in the short term, are being fought by individuals who have lost sight of them. individual property rights and McKinney’s anti-growth.
Again, we believe the City has taken the necessary steps to begin a comprehensive approach to planning a strong and vibrant community that will be attractive to the workforce and therefore attractive to business development.
About McKinney Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber currently represents more than 1,100 member companies, making it the third largest Chamber of Commerce in the Metroplex and has been recognized as a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the United States Chamber of Commerce, an achievement that only 1% of rooms have obtained nationwide. As our community and region continue to grow, the McKinney Chamber plays an increasing role in developing and improving the economic health and business environment essential to the success of our member businesses.
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