We want your opinions

March 05, 2006

ISSUE: An Annapolis alderman wants to amend an ordinance requiring developers to set aside "work force housing" at new projects to allow nonprofit organizations to buy the homes, so that they in turn can sell or rent them to moderate-income residents.

A new city law requires that developers of new subdivisions set aside 12 percent of units for work force housing. The aim is to assist police officers, teachers and others who can't afford to live in the city. At least 6 percent of new or rehabilitated rental units have to be set aside, under the city law.

The program is now open to city residents and employees who meet income requirements, as well as full-time teachers of city schools who meet them.

Hoyle's amendment would allow nonprofits to buy from developers or from the zoning department, which may purchase homes designated for work force housing if they have been on the market for 90 days. Otherwise, they revert back to the developer and can be sold at market price.

But some worry that the amendment will lead to more renters instead of encouraging home-ownership, and say the city instead should ease income requirements.

YOUR VIEW:

Should nonprofits be allowed to buy designated work force housing from developers or the city?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published next Sunday.

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