The hidden backlash of Inclusionary Zoning in Affordable Housing
[Finding smart solutions to house our workforce in downtown Fort Lauderdale is priority #1]
The latest discussion surrounding downtown development has been Inclusionary Zoning in Affordable Housing.
Most jobs are located close to our city centers – specifically, downtown Fort Lauderdale. Our affordable housing options need to remain in proximity. But with ongoing development, guaranteeing that is becoming more uncertain.
Housing for our workforce that is close to the area, or at the very least has affordable transit access to and from the area, is hard to come by in Fort Lauderdale. Combine this with the cost of commuting back and forth from the western suburbs to the city center (sometimes from as far as two hours away), and the cost of living becomes even more expensive and stressful.
This is not only bad for the employee, it makes attracting and hiring qualified workers difficult for the employer.
As a city, we need to start thinking progressively. We need to raise the bar and set ourselves apart from other cities regionally and nationally. We should get serious and embrace a plan that makes Fort Lauderdale attractive to a talented workforce and also inspires our existing local talent to stay here.