New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has an initiative to create more affordable housing. Councilman Jared Brossett is pushing to implement a plan that would require impact statements to show how proposed developments, policy, or legislation would affect the city's affordable housing stock. Although Brossett’s plan isn't formally part of Landrieu's strategy, the two are in sync. Home builders aren’t happy with either, reports Times-Picayune staffer Greg LaRose.
Jon Luther, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater New Orleans, is speaking out against the mayor's initiative. He said requiring an affordable housing impact statement would stretch an already-thin city planning staff and create unnecessary delays for developers, which his group represents.
"I frankly feel like it's being rammed down the private sector's throat," Luther said, speaking of the mayor's broader proposed housing policy.
Under Brossett’s plan, if a developer seeks city approval or a zoning change for a project, the city's planning staff would have to research whether the request would affect affordable housing either by adding, eliminating or maintaining inventory.