Skip to comments.Democrats Seek To Outlaw Suburban, Single-Family House Zoning, Calling It Racist And Bad For The Environment
Posted on 12/24/2019 10:08:34 PM PST by EinNYC
Democrats in Virginia may override local zoning to bring high-density housing, including public housing, to every neighborhood statewide whether residents want it or not.
The measure could quickly transform the suburban lifestyle enjoyed by millions, permitting duplexes to be built on suburban lots in neighborhoods previously consisting of quiet streets and open green spaces. Proponents of upzoning say the changes are necessary because suburbs are bastions of segregation and elitism, as well as bad for the environment.
The move, which aims to provide affordable housing, might be fiercely opposed by local officials throughout the state, who have deliberately created and preserved neighborhoods with particular character some dense and walkable, others semi-rural and private to accommodate peoples various preferences.
But Democrats tout a state-level laws ability to replace not in my backyard with yes, in your backyard.
House Delegate Ibraheem Samirah, a Democrat, introduced six housing measures Dec. 19, coinciding with Democrats takeover of the state legislature in November.
Single-family housing zones would become two-zoned, Samirah told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Areas that would be impacted most would be the suburbs that have not done their part in helping out.
The real issues are the areas in between very dense areas which are single-family zoned. Those are the areas that the state is having significant trouble dealing with. Theyre living in a bubble, he said.
He said suburbs were mostly white and wealthy and that their local officials who have historically been in charge of zoning were ignoring the desires of poor people, who did not have time to lobby them to increase suburban density.
In response to a question about whether people who bought homes in spacious suburbs have valid reasons, not based on discrimination, for preferring to live that way including a love for nature and desire to preserve woods and streams he said: Caring about nature is very important, but the more dense a neighborhood is, the more energy efficient it is.
He said if local officials seek to change requirements like setbacks to make it impossible to build dense housing in areas zoned to preserve a nature feel, if they make setbacks to block duplexes, thered have to be a lawsuit to resolve whether those zoning provisions were necessary.
He wrote on Facebook, Because middle housing is whats most affordable for low-income people and people of color, banning that housing in well-off neighborhoods chalks up to modern-day redlining, locking folks out of areas with better access to schools, jobs, transit, and other services and amenities.
I will certainly get pushback for this. Some will call it state overreach. Some will express anxiety about neighborhood change. Some may even say that the supply issue doesnt exist. But the research is clear: zoning is a barrier to more housing and integrated communities, he continued.
He tweeted Sunday that that would include public housing. Important Q about new social/public housing programs: where are we going to put the units? Under current zoning, new low-income housing is relegated to underinvested neighborhoods, concentrating poverty more. Ending exclusionary zoning has to be part of broader housing reform, he said.
Tim Hannigan, chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee in one of the areas Samirah represents said that urban Democrats were waging war on the suburbs.
This could completely change the character of suburban residential life, because of the urbanization that would develop, he told the DCNF. So much of the American dream is built upon this idea of finding a nice quiet place to raise your family, and that is under assault.
This is a power-grab to take away the ability of local communities to establish their own zoning practices literally trying to change the character of our communities, he said.
He said suburbs were not equipped to handle the increased traffic, and inevitably it will just push people to places where they feel theyll get away from that, they may move to West Virginia to get their little plot of land.
Minneapolis became the first city to eliminated single family zoning in December 2018, after a push by progressive advocacy groups promoting equity. Austin, Texas, and Seattle soon followed suit.
But those cities were amending zoning codes that have always been the domain of local governments. Oregon passed state legislation blocking local governments single-family zoning in July, CityLab reported.
It quoted Alex Baca, a Washington, D.C., urbanist with the site Greater Greater Washington, saying that single-family zoning is a tool for wealthy whites to maintain segregated neighborhoods and that the abolition of low-density neighborhoods is necessary for equity.
CityLab acknowledged that residents might reasonably desire to keep the neighborhoods they love the way they are, but said that implementing the law at the state level makes sure that those concerns can be more easily ignored.
By preempting the ability of local governments to set their own restrictive zoning policies, the state policy would circumnavigate the complaints of local NIMBY homeowners who want to block denser housing, it wrote.
While he implied that suburbs are prejudiced, Samirah himself has a history of anti-Semitic comments, including saying sending money to Israel is worse than funding the Klu Klux Klan.
I am so sorry that my ill-chosen words added to the pain of the Jewish community, and I seek your understanding and compassion as I prove to you our common humanity, he said in February.
He interrupted a speech in July by President Donald Trump in Jamestown, Virginia, and said, You cant send us back! Virginia is our home.
His father is Jordanian refugee Sabri Samirah, who authorities banned from the U.S. for a decade after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, in part because of his membership in the Muslim Brotherhood, the Chicago Tribune reported in 2014.
It sounds like they want to make America like their beloved Mexico. Twelve families in one dwelling.
Democrats suck. They are hateful punks who want to ruin everybody’s life.
Allowing in 30M illegals raises global warming.
They had been living low carbon lives prior to arrival.
Dems have killed the planet
Did I eat too much squid tonight and it’s affecting my reading??
This sounds like something i’d expect from de blasio to ruin our lives here on Staten Island.
Shocked that it’s VA
Outlaw democRATs. They are a disaster for the environments that they infest.
If your crime level is down, Democrats want to bring crime to you. But first they must disarm you, so that crime can flourish and this policy will bring crime to a neighborhood near you
Imagine the hell they will install here after they take over. “They” is the left. This has nothing to do with race or environment, it’s to load all areas with poor people so a permanent underclass will keep leftists in power. Plenty of minorities are now in nice suburbs. The goal is to make sure no such neighborhoods exist.
It’s a Democrat thing. The only thing saving Florida from this same stuff is a Republican dominated House and Senate, and a Republican governor.
In the mean time, however, local government has to be ever vigilant of the (very liberal) Regional Planning Councils who want to increase density to desired areas. Who will then label scattered rural homes as “non conforming” uses (of lands) so these homes can be “eliminated” (refusal to allow rebuilding/remodeling permits, and predictably condemnation to follow).
Imagine giving these tyrants total control of government. The Revolution will have to be fought another time for the same reasons as before. And, as before it will be worth the sacrifice of blood.
I got an idea lets outlaw mansions and gated communities. they are bastions elite leftist stupidity that end up calling for the banning of things.
Virginia.... California on the Potomac
Virginia has truly become the South’s California.
So sickening. And so close to my beloved homestate of NC.
Keep voting democrat..
Virginia...getting the government they voted for.
This is agenda 21. Stack n pack housing.
UPZONING HURTS CHILDREN
Upzoning is racist.
High density housing does not pay their fair share of taxes.
High Density Housing ruins highways.
High Density Housing is racist & hates blacks.
Congratulations Virginia....you got what you voted for.
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