California Assembly candidate Ben Bartlett proposes a carbon tax on single family homes which will be used to subsidize affordable housing.
As the proposal rightly states, "single family zoning is historically exclusive, discriminatory and creates auto dependent communities that generate heavy CO2." This tax will be strictly used to subsidize affordable housing developments and transportation initiatives.
We support any initiative that is used to create more affordable housing and believe that this type of legislation would be great for Massachusetts. Historically, neighborhoods, cities, and towns across the Boston area have been averse to more dense housing, opting rather for strict single family zoning. This opposition has directly caused an increase in housing costs by restricting supply of housing units across the region.
From a single family home in South Boston looking to be replaced with 5 condos to a mostly single family zoned town in Wellesley looking to add a 100 unit apartment building, neighbors tend to be up in arms against dense housing to replace single family homes or to be added to mostly single family towns. This opposition has killed projects in the past and restricts dense development from being proposed in the first place by the implementation of strict single family zoning, driving up housing costs across the region.