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On This file photo from July 2015 shows a westward look across Lawrence, including the University of Ka

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Don Zimmer 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Following these three examples to take into consideration that I have observed. Steamboat Springs Colorado adopted a no growth policy that required new developments to set aside affordable units. The housing recession hit and both affordable and market rate housing collapsed leaving the construction industry in shambles. Even the no growthers, I don’t know what they’re called now, agreed with the developers to have the policy rescinded because of the loss of jobs in the construction industry. Santa Fe New Mexico adopted no growth policy. Every 3 units had to provide affordable housing. Again the housing recession hit and the construction industry collapsed. Like above construction workers moved on and no skilled labor took their place. Santa Fe has still not recovered. The city rescinded this requirement without opposition from the no growthers. Construction costs are higher because of the lack of skilled workers that have left the industry. City in western Kansas thought it was growing too fast and introduced a building moratorium and required every new subdivision to donate 10% of the project for parks. Because of budget constraints, highest mill levy in the state, the parks were never developed.

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