The recent Greater Madison Vision survey showed that “expanded housing options” was a high priority for future growth and development. Data backs this up. Production has not kept up with growing demand, leading to low vacancy rates and higher housing prices. For low-income families, this means higher housing cost burdens and less money for other basic needs.
While housing production is local, housing markets are regional. Expensive housing in one community pushes people to other less expensive communities, which may mean less access to good jobs and higher worker turnover for employers. Regional coordination is needed. This special housing edition of Regional View reports on regional housing production and collaborations.
Steve Steinhoff, AICP
Capital Area Regional Planning Commission