Do you agree that increasing housing supply is only one side of the supply-demand equation for beating back Austin’s affordability crisis, and that Austin should refrain from subsidizing growth during times of rapid growth so as to reduce demand growth to levels that can be met with new supply? If so, in the Candidate Response section below, please tell us your ideas for ways to make Austin’s growth pay for itself. (Hint: You can refer to any of the materials parked on this page from the years of work conducted by local developers, Brian Rodgers and Ed Wendler, Jr., especially the power point at the bottom of the page Total Accounting and Impact Fees.) Rate your support on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most support and 1 being the least.

We must improve the accounting of costs in all city economic incentive proposals, beyond the current WebLoci tool, and we must work to implement appropriate impact fees for new development where allowed by law. Unfortunately, the Texas Legislature has prohibited many common tools used to address affordability in other states, such as rent stabilization, inclusionary zoning and linkage fees, the last of which would have gone far to address escalating housing costs and displacements caused by rapid growth. In the absence of these tools, it is even more critical to ensure fair community benefits in exchange for any requests for increased entitlements that come before the Council, including density bonus programs or other requested upzonings.

Rate your support: 10