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Re: “Chittenden County Coalition Wants to Build 3,500 Homes Over Five Years

Is Chittenden County actually in VT? It sure doesn't look like it anymore, and getting less so each day.

3500 more housing units means another 7,000 cars, and more than 14,000 daily trip-ends each day. Less than 1% of the adult population can function without a car in VT. And what about the environmental consequences...more phosphorous from runoff and sewage treatment, lack of open land, demand for services, etc.

Talk to ANY resident who doesn't earn their living promoting building or working in real estate and they will all tell you that this area has already become too congested, and quality of life is majorly decreasing.

This proposal will not reduce housing prices, nor make rents more affordable. What we have going on here is a "if you build it, they will come scenario". We have built many THOUSANDS of units during the past 5-10 years, and this has not reduced demand nor lowered rents. And in some instances, the "urban jungle" they are creating is pushing MORE development into our rural and suburban locales. The past incompetent housing policies are actually to blame, not zoning or local opposition. The medical communty has a term for unregulated growth: CANCER.

Be very skeptical of this self-serving proposal. All of the organizations supporing this have huge payrolls and contain hundreds of employees, which are funded entirely by building and real-estate development. Quite a few individuals make more than $100,000 annually, especially in the so-called non-profits. They need to build thousands of units just to keep their own employment. Even the VHCB (Vermont Housing Conservation Board), is funded entirely by the property transfer tax, so many homes must be sold each year to keep this agency going. Your tax dollars at work. Even VLT (Vermont Land Trust) has several employees earning more than $100,000 annually.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 06/28/2016 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Chittenden County Coalition Wants to Build 3,500 Homes Over Five Years

The problem is not the lack of housing in Chittenden County, the problem is the lack of good jobs in the rest of Vermont. The solution is not to keep building in Chittenden County, it is to create more good jobs in the rest of Vermont. The way to do that is to focus all available state money on job creation outside of Chittenden County. We are a state, not a county and everything else.

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Posted by SchMan on 06/27/2016 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Chittenden County Coalition Wants to Build 3,500 Homes Over Five Years

The problem with housing in Chittenden County is not a lack of supply, it is an inflation of expectations. People want giant homes and don’t want to live with each other anymore. 2 bedroom apts are renting to couples and even single people who want a guest room or home office. It is very difficult to rent 3-4 bedroom apts even when the all-in rent/utilities per bedroom is below $650/mo. Used to be a family of 6 would get by in a 3 bed/1 bath, now they NEED 5 bed/3 bath and the government to pay for it for them. Supply is not the problem and these housing organizations seeking taxpayer money to overbuild our community are not solving any problem. A home is just a place to sleep and eat, not a place to shoot your own personal episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

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Posted by Stacybtv802 on 06/27/2016 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Chittenden County Coalition Wants to Build 3,500 Homes Over Five Years

Already close to 1,000 new units soon to be finished and further planned for South Burlington off Spear Street, Dorset Street, Hinesburg Road, and Kennedy Drive. In Burlington alone, there is the Grove Street project (232 units); Burlington College land project (600 units); and the tall mall 14-story twin towers planned to loom over Church Street downtown. In Shelburne, Kwiniaska Golf Course off Spear St (100 units to be built). Williston unrecognizable from 20 years ago and more housing coming. Hinesburg Village has exploded, for good and bad, with hundreds of new units and more coming. Probably over 2,500 units in the pipeline at least. Is this not enough?!

Traffic is already intolerable getting in and out of Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski during AM and PM rush hours. Why do these rich developers and their bureaucrat friends at Champlain Housing Trust and the Regional Planning Commission want to make traffic even worse and bring the intense population density of larger cities here? How is this "planning" for Chittenden County? When is enough enough? Haven't they made enough money already?

Incidentally, the cause of the "affordable housing" crunch is mandates from the Legislature that require the normal working class to have to subsidize all this "affordable housing." The rents and fair market value purchase prices for all the rest of us who don't qualify for the "affordable housing" are driven sky-high to subsidize the developers who are required to set aside a percentage for affordable housing. Maybe just get rid of the mandates instead?

BTW, the journalist should note that South Burlington City Manager Kevin Dorn, who she cites in this article, is a former top employee/lobbyist for the Vermont Homebuilder's Association. Sounds like a potential conflict of interest to me.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 06/27/2016 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Clinton Campaign Manager Meets With Vermont Delegates

I thank our delegates for honoring their job as delegates for #ForeverBernie

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Posted by Kathy Looney on 06/27/2016 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Clinton Campaign Manager Meets With Vermont Delegates

I wouldn't vote for killary or socialist sanders.. Trump all the way ..I want my America back.. not a socialist country that sanders wants nor a greedy elite refugee country that killary wants just like obumass.. I'm a 6th generation Vermonter not a socialist transplant like sanders, who's not a Vermonter.. I want my country back.. So go ahead you liberals hit dislike all you want..I don't fall for the lies that sanders spew.. there's no free college, someone has to pay for it.. TRUMP 2016

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 06/27/2016 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Clinton Campaign Manager Meets With Vermont Delegates

Scott McCarty... I am a Bernie supporter, and while I agree that Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, there are two reasons I will never vote for her.

1/ I couldn't hold my nose tight enough to vote for either Clinton or Trump. If this is the best America (a country of well over 300 million citizens) has to offer the electorate, we are in serious trouble.

2/ Americans shouldn't feel that they MUST vote for a candidate from one of the two major parties. Those two parties are the main problem with this country. I will do as my conscience dictates and cast my vote for Bernie in November.

THAT is reality.

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Posted by hofsterini on 06/27/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Clinton Campaign Manager Meets With Vermont Delegates

FRAUD IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION PROCESS IS AN OUTRAGE. I'm with BERNIE.

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Posted by Susan Hoyt on 06/27/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “At Campaign Kickoff, Kesha Ram Says She's No 'Kitten With Lipstick'

Kesha, What happened between you and your "campaign manager" Brandon Batham - Enquiring Minds Want To Know !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 06/26/2016 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Thousands to Descend on Green Mountains for Rainbow Family Gathering

A definition of terms might be helpful. "Drug: a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body." via Google

Unless things have changed drastically since I stopped going to gatherings (1989 Nevada), alcohol and needle drugs are generally discouraged. Some people bring alcohol anyhow. Hallucinogens like LSD, and magic mushrooms are not uncommon, but. they wouldn't be distributed in Kiddie Village. Things considered to expand one's consciousness, including marijuana/cannabis, are embraced in many circles. In other circles, people don't use drugs at all, including caffeine and nicotine.

Granted, I haven't been to a gathering since 1989 in Nevada, so things may have changed.

Posted by Gourmet Gourmand on 06/26/2016 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Clinton Campaign Manager Meets With Vermont Delegates

I will never vote for Hillary or Trump. I have said it often enough that people are finally getting the message. I am proud that our delegates are staying strong. Anyone who claims that Hillary got all those extra votes hasn't been paying attention to the vast amount of voter fraud that has gone on in this primary season. If for nothing else, ask yourselves why the mainstream media canceled their request for exit polls on 6/7. Studies of exit polls and actual results show that in many of the states that Clinton won, there was fraud that the US would have found actionable in a foreign country but not here, apparently. There was no fraud found in the states that Bernie won by large margins. Anyone who says to the contrary hasn't looked at the history of exit polls and the fraud that variance between exit polls and final results establishes.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 06/26/2016 at 2:17 AM

Re: “Proposed National GMO Labeling Standards Would Nix Vermont Law

Shumlin was adamantly opposed to Vermont's GMO labeling law. Until he was for it.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 06/25/2016 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Sanders Says He'll Vote for Clinton in November — but Won't Concede

Where the real travesty lies, is that Seven Days and almost all other media outlets has continued to pander to the two party catastrophe that is ruining this country and hasn't said word one about Gary Johnson running with the Libertarian Party or Jill Stein with the Green Party. Nice of Paul and Seven Days to be so completely biased and limit our choices for us before we even get to the election booths. Who are you people working for anyway?

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 06/25/2016 at 4:12 PM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

Nice to see the man wanting our top law enforcement position in the state "TJ Donovan" mince words afraid to lose votes as usual.

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Posted by Green Mountain Boy on 06/25/2016 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Clinton Campaign Manager Meets With Vermont Delegates

"Presumptions"....

These Bernie fanatics believing that Bernie is somehow going to still be the nominee despite the fact that he lost the popular vote, lost the delegate count, lost more states, and has no mathematical chance of winning the nomination really says something.

Because Hillary won the most votes, the most delegates, the most states, and has a majority of the delegates indicates that she will be the Democratic nominee. Claudia needs to ease off on the Kool-Aid and check back with reality.

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Posted by Scott McCarty on 06/25/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Sanders Says He'll Vote for Clinton in November — but Won't Concede

"Sanders Says He'll Vote for Clinton in November — but Won't Concede"

I admit that my opponent won, but I won't admit that I lost.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 06/25/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

So if private sales are the problem, where are the statistics of mass shootings involving private sale firearms? So far all the firearms were purshased leagally or stolen from someone who purshased legally.

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Posted by Michael Simonds on 06/25/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Newport Reels Over Jay Peak Fraud Charges

"$200 million worth of foreign investment" is not taxpayer money.. it is money from outside the United States. It sucks, because it damages our local reputation to other outsiders who might otherwise invest.

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Posted by Jen Wylde on 06/25/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Clinton Campaign Manager Meets With Vermont Delegates

I am voting for Bernie if he is the Democratic candidate or if he runs as an independent. If he does not run I will not vote for Clinton or Trump. I will vote for Gary Johnson. We need to break the hold that the two party system has on our political process.

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Posted by Fran Janik on 06/25/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Clinton Campaign Manager Meets With Vermont Delegates

I attended the meeting. It was agreed at the request of one of our fellow Sanders delegates that the conversation was off the record, so I do not feel free to reveal what was said. But I don't think that prevents me from revealing what was not said: no one was asked not to vote for Bernie Sanders at the Convention.
Rich Cassidy

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Posted by Rich Cassidy on 06/25/2016 at 8:32 AM

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