There. I said it. Someone needed to. Here's today's Virginian-Pravda monster editorial, and they picked up on the same statement by Sessoms. http://hamptonroads.com/2008/09/new-set-rules-virginia-beach-elections Note that they picked up on some of the same things in the Mayoral forum that I did in yesterday afternoon's post.
A Study by Virginia Tech found that Virginia Beach has a shortage of over 14,000 affordable housing units. Last year City Council enacted a Workforce Housing Program which so far has resulted in...uh...zero units being built. Yes, City Council passing a Resolution formally committing us to light rail would help, in that the program is specific to Strategic Growth Areas.
However, City Staff at the time made it clear that the program alone will only make a dent in the shortage. If proposals for units in the SGAs don't materialize in the next 9 months, City Council should take up a mandatory Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance in June, 2009. That would be after the Budget is completed, uncluttering Council's agenda.