Woodbury bucks goals on affordable housing

  • Article by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2012 - 12:06 AM

City officials say the Met Council's expectations are unrealistic.

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ruphinaFeb. 5, 12 8:27 PM

The Metro Council should be abolished. How is it that a city can declare an area "blighted" and take it from the owners to develope it for a higher tax base, using the power granted it by the Supreme Court in New London, precisely because more tax base is a public good, and then can be forced to develope areas for deliberately LESS property value, also as a public good? Local cities should get their act together and tell the MC to take a flying leap. Bill G.

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roscoeUFeb. 5, 12 8:29 PM

Met council needs to go away. Its no longer neccesary.

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gsnurbFeb. 5, 12 8:55 PM

The Met Council needs to go back to what it was originally set up to do, sewage. Oh wait, I guess they still are. Time for them to go away!

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justsayinFeb. 5, 1210:11 PM

"Woodbury's median income is higher and the city wants that considered". -- Sounds like a good argument for building this housing in Woodbury. Makes no sense to build this in areas that are already below the median.

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bebebigaloFeb. 5, 1210:13 PM

The MET Council is a waste of public money. Let them run the buses, LTR and the metro sewage district.

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wecandoitFeb. 5, 1210:29 PM

Why should the Met Council be the boss of Woodbury or any other city? Cities can decide for themselves how housing should be developed. Let the Met Council be disbanded. Where do they get their funding from? Sounds like central planning from old Soviet Union.

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Lea1985Feb. 5, 1210:35 PM

I agree. The Met Council is like the big bully.

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george13Feb. 6, 12 5:35 AM

Look no farther than Brooklyn Park to see what "affordable housing" does to a community.

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redkayakFeb. 6, 12 6:25 AM

An unelected group giving orders to legally elected representatives of taxpayers. Why does the met council exist?

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ReichertFeb. 6, 12 9:21 AM

If the Met Council is going to hold Woodbury to their so called affordable housing standard, they would need to also extend proper Metro Transit services to the areas where these units would be built, which would be very far from where any bus lines currently run. The City is dead on with this argument, and they have a track record of compliance with the Met Council. Why build lower cost housing where there is no mass transit?

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