Paul Walden, Addison City Council, Post (Facebook): My Thoughts
April 19, 2018
My Thoughts on Housing
Campaigning either brings out the worst or best in people. Personally, I enjoy it but some candidates use campaign time to spread all sorts of false or misleading information in hopes of inflaming voters to secure their vote. This year, one candidate is fear mongering by using the word some homeowners fear most – APARTMENTS – even though the candidate was a strong supporter of converting the old Sam’s property into apartments and townhomes!
To quote from the current housing policy – “Where feasible and appropriate, new housing should increase the proportion of fee-simple ownership in Addison’s housing mix. Apartment-only rezoning is unlikely to be approved as, currently, the ratio of rental to ownership properties is higher than desired.”
My interpretation of that policy is that home ownership is preferred, which is my personal preference as well. But our society is experiencing a significant change in lifestyle choices. For many, the American Dream is no longer the small house with a picket fence. The millennial generation, in particular, want no part of home ownership or even car ownership in many cases. Both young singles and empty nesters enjoy apartment living.
Because Addison is in the midst of a metro area with millions of people, it is reasonable to assume that many will prefer apartment living. We have an excellent track record of working with developers who produce a high quality living environment with amenity packages that are similar to those found fine resorts. Neighboring cities are envious of the lifestyles afforded Addison residents. Enjoy it! #addisontx