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Coalition asks for LDC halt to prevent displacement
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano
On Monday, a group calling itself “Development Without Displacement” held a press conference asking the city to delay adoption of a new Land Development Code in areas vulnerable to gentrification “until the City fully develops, funds, and implements an effective anti-displacement program.” Specifically, the Development Without Displacement Coalition asked City Council to adopt a four-point plan to:
- Delay zoning changes
- Engage vulnerable communities to create (or expand) neighborhood plans
- Establish an equitable development plan that “aims to revitalize disinvested communities and ensure that all residents can shape urban development and benefit from economic growth.”
- Establish staff and funding to tackle displacement
City Council approved an initial draft of a new Land Development Code late last year, and is scheduled to take a final vote in March. More information about the coalition and its goals can be found online here.
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