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Legally-Binding Affordability & Income Diversity

Deed and resale restrictions on housing developments guarantee long-term affordability and remove speculative investors from the equation. We can ensure stronger, more economically diverse neighborhoods by requiring developers to price units across a spectrum of income levels within the same development.

THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF SMART GROWTH

  1. Mix land uses

  2. Take advantage of compact building design

  3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices

  4. Create walkable neighborhoods

  5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place

  6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas

  7. Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities

  8. Provide a variety of transportation choices

  9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost-effective

  10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

What isSmartGrowth?

THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF SMART GROWTH

  1. Mix land uses

  2. Take advantage of compact building design

  3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices

  4. Create walkable neighborhoods

  5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place

  6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas

  7. Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities

  8. Provide a variety of transportation choices

  9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost-effective

  10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

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Cumberland's demographics and housing needs have changed over the years, and we should respond proactively. By expanding our view of housing and welcoming variety, Cumberland will be more adaptable, inclusive, and sustainable for existing and future residents. To quote the Comprehensive Plan update, "Change is not easy, but short term thinking should not outweigh long term planning."

Options Open Doors

Encouraging housing diversity, including accessory dwelling units (ADUs), manufactured homes, tiny homes, and mixed use and multifamily dwellings, supports the varied needs of our community across multiple price points and will promote sustainable growth. An additional benefit of ADUs is that they do not count against our total annual building permit limit, and since they are typically created to provide housing among demographics usually without children, they would have a minimal effect on student enrollments, which typically result in increases to the school budget (and our property taxes).

Through our upcoming Comprehensive Plan review, we can simplify the process for residents to create new housing opportunities within their own communities, encouraging sensible growth in underutilized spaces. Infill development in established neighborhoods takes advantage of existing infrastructure, which conserves open space, reduces strain on infrastructure, and strengthens community ties.

Affordability & Income Diversity

Deed and resale restrictions on housing developments guarantee long-term affordability and remove speculative investors from the equation. We can ensure stronger, more economically diverse neighborhoods by requiring developers to price units across a spectrum of income levels within the same development.

Smart Growth & Housing Variety

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