Question #1: Please share your perspectives on the rate of growth and development-related topics in the City of Palm Coast?
Over the last two years I have watched the population growth of Palm Coast increase at a very rapid pace. I am please to see the city growing as it has since I moved here in 2005 however my opinion is that we need economic development to support the growth and the increase in the cost of living.
Like many other cities in Florida, we are experiencing growth. The great news is that under our city’s Strategic Action Plan, Palm Palm Coast is already gearing up in support of,
2- Smart Growth
3- Population Growth
4- Business & Development
All essential in anticipation of inevitable growth.
Question #2: Please share your perspectives on affordable/workforce housing and the role the Palm Coast City Council plays.
My perspective on affordable housing is that it is absolutely needed in Palm Coast. As we watch our city continue to grow the increase in home prices have more than doubled over the last two years making it very difficult for working class individuals to afford to live and work in Palm Coast. Working in the real estate industry I watch individuals struggle everyday to afford housing whether it be to purchase a home or rent as rental property cost have tripled since I moved to Palm Coast in 2005.
Right now our city is going through a housing crisis. And as the only Palm Coast City Council candidate that qualified by knocking on doors for petition signatures, and talking to over four hundred residents personally, I can tell you that we need housing. Many residents were forced to buy a single family residence due to the fact that there were no rentals available. And if renting an apartment or single home was available the rents were astronomically high and it’s why they decided to buy a house instead. The term I heard a friend coin was (housing that’s affordable) and that’s where I’m at with the city, zoning for housing that’s affordable. Think westward expansion.
Question #3: Please share your perspectives on increasing residential density in a new development to preserve open space.
I am concerned that we will lose our natural preserve open space if the city continues to grow at this rapid pace. I love Palm Coast and love living here for the last 17 years of my life, we have such a beautiful clean city, and I would like to see it stay that way. Density in population increases waste and the ability to maintain the beauty of the city as we once knew it. Population growth also creates other risk and a rise in cost to run the city, we will need more of everything and the cost to maintain the roadways due to the increase in traffic will also increase. We can already see the large increase in traffic on our roadways and main highways, which can cause more accidents and again create more issues for the residents of the city.
Land can be preserved in three basic ways.
1- Agricultural Zoning
2- Regulatory Measures
3- Dedication of Land
However Florida state law requires local municipalities to protect the rights of all property owners and their right to build/develop. As long as the applications are complete and meet all the required provisions or general development codes developers are entitled to go with medium, low, to high residential density if they wish.
Question #4: Recently, the subject of a multi-family construction moratorium was debated by the Palm Coast City Council. What are your thoughts on multi-family construction, and do you believe a moratorium is appropriate?
Born and raised in Long Island, New York and spending a lot of time in NYC Manhattan going to school and doing business I have no problem with multi-family housing if they are properly zoned in and area which will not conflict with the lives of individuals living in single family homes or gated communities. In multifamily unit’s tenants live closer together and with the closeness the likelihood of disagreements and conflicts will increase. There will be more waste, noise, clutter, odors and parking issues. I recently drove through Central Landing community in town Center and witnessed a garbage dumpster overflowing with garbage, some of which ended up on the ground in the parking lot. I immediately recognized that this could cause problems for individuals and management of a multifamily dwelling unit. Good tenant screening and living guidelines would need to be set for the community in order to maintain the property and keep things under control or all its’ residents. Currently I do not feel the need a moratorium on multi-family units is needed but I do feel that strict guidelines need to be put into place for residents in efforts to keep the area clean, safe and well maintained.
My thoughts on multi-family construction are simple, it’s nearly impossible to build middle-income housing today given land cost, construction and general NIMBYism. Multi-family housing is the closest to middle-income housing sorely needed today in Palm Coast. NO! to a MORATORIUM. Wrong Message to be sending out.