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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Focus Group Meeting Today

Focus Group meeting will be today (Wednesday, May 24, 2006) from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm, at the Wilde Lake Inter-Faith Center. For those that can get off work, I highly recommend attending. According the revised schedule the Department of Planning and Zoning put out the subject will be Draft Zoning Amendments and Draft Pedestrian Master Plan. The handout on Zoning that was distributed at the last Focus Group meeting is here. Let me know what you think.

To get a recap on the plan to redevelop downtown Columbia click here.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's titled a Frequently Asked Question Sheet, but I didn't see one question on it. Perhaps calling it a Fact Sheet would be more appropriate.

12:31 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

Yeah, but frankly it is the content that I am most concerned about. Yet again their moderate and middle numbers were listed as 10% moderate and 5% middle-income which the Focus Group has repeatedly said wasn't sufficient. Why do these numbers keep on appearing on document after document, when the Focus Group members and the community at large has said these numbers don't reflect the communities needs?

According to the 2000 census:

17.1% of Howard Co households make less than $35,000

11.9% of Howard Co households make between $35,000 and $50,000

21.5% of Howard Co households make between $50,000 and $75,000

17.6% of Howard Co households make between $75,000 and $100,000

Based on a prior HayDuke post:
"Based on the county's current $82,065 median income, officials define moderate-income households as those earning between $32,826 and $65,652 annually."

So at least 26.9% of county households (and probably more likely 1/3 of county households when you factor in households making between $50,000 and $65,652 annually) would have to compete for that 10% scrap without even starting to address how 5% middle income clearly doesn't reflect the needs of county households.

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