SEWRPC's housing advisory committee is meeting in the agency's cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all style: an occasional confab at which members review staff-written chapter drafts.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Is this a prescription for innovation? Is this how new ideas can actually get into the study, which is the first the regional planning body has efforted since 1975?
For example, a new report finds that combining transit access with affordable housing deepens the value of the housing. Details here.
Housing and transit, tied together. Sound like something this area needs?
But does the advisory committee, a large body of already-busy volunteers spread across seven counties, have the time and focus to comb data bases and chat up experts to find the latest thinking about housing and how it relates to other public needs?
That's a tall order, and not easily met as SEWRPC's planner on the project churns out chapter drafts at the agency offices in a cubicle in Pewaukee.
And by the way, what happened to that SEWRPC office it was thinking of establishing in the downtown?
Imagine if the offices were at City Hall or the County Courthouse, where some SEWRPC officials and planners were truly accessible.
I know - - never mind.