Letter: City needs to get affordable housing right

Editor,

I’d like to clarify one small point in the Oct. 22 article about the tiny house project in Langley. I am not skeptical about THINC’s intent to create permanently affordable housing; but rather, I am not sure if, in the absence of a deed restriction on the property, what THINC has in its bylaws is sufficient for the city to legally be able to consider it such.

We are consulting with our attorney and the Association of Washington Cities for advice. If we don’t get it right in this case it could set a bad precedent for all future affordable housing projects in the city. That said, I am a huge fan of the tiny home concept as one tool among many that could help address the housing needs of all members of our community; and I applaud Coyla Shepard for all the hard work she and other volunteers have put into the THINC project.

Scott Chaplin

Mayor of Langley

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