Gloucester considers law change to attract developers

But critics complain that a proposed law change will line the pockets of home builders instead of homeowners. Full Story
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Louisville, TN

#22 Jun 3, 2009
BAFFLED wrote:
I too am a "COME HERE" brought to you by the Navy and liked it here. I didn't come here for all this needless construction by developers. I don't see a need for for all these sub-divisions. If someone wishes to build or have built a home here in Gloucester, so be it. We DO NOT need sub-divisions as such. You go into a house in a development and you also learn your way around your neighbors' house because they're laid out pretty much the same. I say NO to DEVELOPERS.
Well, this board (or at least four of them) just made it easier for MORE DEVELOPERS.
coydog

United States

#23 Jun 4, 2009
Traffic wrote:
You can all the vacant houses out there that you can muster, however, if they still cost upwards of $300,000+, far too many people in Gloucester can't afford them. Not everyone wants to pay that much for a home and not everyone should, evidenced by the current real estate market: too many people purchased homes they could not afford, and that equals foreclosures.
Gloucester could use a neighborhood of homes in the 1200-1600 square foot range, but builders don't want to build those homes, not enough profit per house. However, if you build homes that the averagae resident could afford to buy, you can build them faster, thus reducing the cost to builder by cutting the time the builder is in possession of such homes.
It would be nice to pass this change in law if it would get builders building homes that would sell in this market, but if restrictions are not applied to this proposed change in law, then they will pocket any addiition savings (profit) and the buyer will not benefit.
So, maybe the change in law should be that the builder would not hav eto pay the fes until th epermit is taken out if, and only if they are building homes within a certain value/size range.
There are plenty of builders who would love to build "affordable housing". But I have news for you...it doesn't happen because the county discourages it. They will give lip service all day about their teachers, firemen, policemen, etc. needing affordable housing but they are the biggest impediment.
For example, in order to make housing affordable you need density. To have density you obviously cannot build on a piece of farmland because density will not support wells and septic. Therefore you must build on property that has public utilities. If the cost of the lot is not in line with the cost of the house you are building, well then it won't be affordable. If they wanted to encourage affordable housing they would offer incentives, such as reduced fees and allowing more homes to be built on less land.
Holly Hills

United States

#24 Jun 5, 2009
The county should amend the minimum size lots to 10 acres per home to keep some forest lands.
Think before buying though. This county has many issues that need addressing before they start this grand scheme of builder's delights and the people having to pay some of the builder's OLD fees.

Do you want to live neck to neck with your neighbors? 10 acre minimum per lot.
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Norfolk, VA

#25 Jun 5, 2009
You may not of liked Stanaway but I can pretty much guarantee he would not of been indicted for the Gloucester 4.

hesabird

Gloucester, VA

#26 Jun 5, 2009
come here wrote:
You may not of liked Stanaway but I can pretty much guarantee he would not of been indicted for the Gloucester 4.
What?
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New Kent, VA

#28 Jun 5, 2009
Captain Love wrote:
Gloucester is the great county it is today thanks to the dedication of the beautiful and talented Teresa Altemus.
God Bless You Teresa!!! Keep up the good fight and that charm that makes everyone sleep peacefully at night!
Well, obviously beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you're the only one beholden.
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New Kent, VA

#29 Jun 5, 2009
coydog wrote:
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There are plenty of builders who would love to build "affordable housing". But I have news for you...it doesn't happen because the county discourages it. They will give lip service all day about their teachers, firemen, policemen, etc. needing affordable housing but they are the biggest impediment.
For example, in order to make housing affordable you need density. To have density you obviously cannot build on a piece of farmland because density will not support wells and septic. Therefore you must build on property that has public utilities. If the cost of the lot is not in line with the cost of the house you are building, well then it won't be affordable. If they wanted to encourage affordable housing they would offer incentives, such as reduced fees and allowing more homes to be built on less land.
Oh you simplify this issue so well. The county doesn't discourage affordable houses, it enforces the codes passed by the supervisors. If this group, led by TA and company, wanted to do those things you said, then why don't they pass those ordinances to encourage affordable housing? Why don't you go before the board and make that plea. Don't blame the county, blame the political powers to be.

This group ran on a platform of change, but obviously, they haven't changed anything to make housing affordable.
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New Kent, VA

#30 Jun 5, 2009
come here wrote:
You may not of liked Stanaway but I can pretty much guarantee he would not of been indicted for the Gloucester 4.
Good point.
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United States

#32 Jun 6, 2009
Captain Love wrote:
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I'd like to beholdin her.
Her smile makes the birds sing.
You must be a strong man to beholden her. It would probably take a dozen men and a backhoe to beholden her for us mortals.

And the only bird to be singing is the dirty bird.
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United States

#34 Jun 7, 2009
Captain Love wrote:
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Get to know this woman. She is itelligent, thoughtful, and smells so well plants grow in her honor. She is the all woman that the people of Gloucester need.
Unfortunately, I DO know her and used to respect her opinion and service. But no more.

And the only plants that grow in her honor is stinkweed, poison ivy, poison oak, and kudzu.
Gaelic Sookie

Bronx, NY

#35 Jun 7, 2009
come here wrote:
You may not of liked Stanaway but I can pretty much guarantee he would not of been indicted for the Gloucester 4.
What? Related? How can you guarantee anything these days?

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