Reining in soaring housing costs

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Consultant: To create affordability, Ridgway should focus on flexibility, not new construction

Don Elliott, a director with land-use consulting firm Clarion Associates, leads a discussion on proposed changes to Ridgway’s zoning code Monday night. Roughly 40 people attended a workshop to discuss efforts to help reduce the cost of housing in Ridgway.Mike Wiggins —Ouray County Plaindealer
Ridgway will be most successful in creating less expensive housing by becoming more flexible in the types of housing it allows and loosening restrictions, rather than encouraging a host of new construction projects, a consultant told town leaders and residents on Monday. “Most of the housing you will have already exists. If you think you’re going to define a new thing and build your way out of…

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