Obama: Washington NOT Local City Council should Determine Zoning Laws/Right to Build

Want to build a strip mall, an apartment complex, a high rise building.  Under current rules you need a permit from your city or county and meet State standards.  Under the NEW rules, if I do not like it, I can go to the Feds to stop it.  What grounds could I use to go to Washington?  If you do not agree to rent to a diverse community, race, national origin gender orientation (or belief of the day), religions, etc. the Feds can stop your project until you agree—oh, you will also have to have affordable housing as part of your plan.

“The danger of AFFH is not that HUD will direct local governments and public housing authorities to make specific changes to their zoning policies. It will just threaten them, by tying obedience to federal Community Development Block Grants.

CDBG is a federal-grant program controlled by HUD that allocates $3 billion per year to local governments to help them address a variety of community-development needs, including providing adequate and affordable public housing.

If your city or county takes Federal money, it has given up control of its zoning—now Obama can tell you what you must do with your property—a city council under Obama is good for ribbon cutting of the few new businesses that might open.

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Local zoning now in peril from presidential overreach

Orange County Breeze, 5/20/16

Invitation to celebration of Los Alamitos General Plan adoption. A rule put forward by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has the potential to suck local zoning under federal control.

Local zoning, like other forms of local control, irks federal bureaucrats who feel that they know better and should be able to impose their views from 3,000 miles away. (A similar fever grips bureaucrats in Sacramento. The only difference is that Sacramento is not quite as far away physically as Washington, DC.)

Do you like being able to take your grievance about a proposed new property development to your local City Hall?

Yet another attempt at presidential overreach through administrative rule-making may snatch that away from you.

President Obama’s initiative, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (AFFH) put forward by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, would suck away local control of zoning.

This is what Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) had to say about AFFH yesterday:

The original intent of the Fair Housing Act was to protect the God-given right of individuals and families – no matter their skin color or ethnicity – to buy and rent homes where they please. By contrast, the explicit purpose of HUD’s new rule is to empower federal bureaucrats to dictate where a community’s low-income residents will live.

…The danger of AFFH is not that HUD will direct local governments and public housing authorities to make specific changes to their zoning policies. It will just threaten them, by tying obedience to federal Community Development Block Grants.

CDBG is a federal-grant program controlled by HUD that allocates $3 billion per year to local governments to help them address a variety of community-development needs, including providing adequate and affordable public housing.

Traditionally, local officials have been free to use their CDBG grant money according to their community’s needs and priorities. But under AFFH, HUD officials will withhold a local government’s CDBG funds unless that local government adopts HUD’s preferred housing policies.

Senator Lee has put forward an amendment to HR 2577 to defund AFFH.

If you like local zoning control, you should drop whatever you’re doing and email both Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Boxer (D-CA) to tell that that you wish them to vote in favor of Senator Lee’s amendment.

Given their voting history and the fact that Senator Boxer is not running for re-election, your email is likely to fall on deaf ears. However, doing nothing will surely reward you with loss of local zoning control.

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