The RENT IS TOO DARN HIGH.
Fayetteville is in the middle of a housing crisis. Average rents are up to $1500; that’s over 20% since last year and we are now ranked among the hardest places to buy or rent a home.
How did we get here? Our city’s outdated zoning and codes have added to the problem. They make it difficult to build the types of moderately-priced housing we need, but easy to build the types of sprawl we don’t.
Fayetteville is growing, and we’re growing fast. It took us almost 200 years to reach a population of 100,000 and in the next 20 - 30 years we are predicted to add another 50% or more! We can’t stop it, but we can plan for it. And as the old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
If we plan in a careful and thoughtful way, we can keep everything we love about our town as we grow into a city that builds on our best.
Fayetteville Isn’t Just Buildings, It’s Our People
I was raised in Fayetteville. I grew up close to Butterfield Elementary where we rode our bikes and walked to class next to cows who still grazed the north side of Rolling Hills. Those cow pastures are now established neighborhoods filled with mature trees. We all have our own stories of Fayetteville’s growth and change, and we all love this city.
The only reason this Special Election is happening is because our former City Council member Sonia Harvey had to move out of Ward 1 to find affordable housing. If that’s not a wake up call, what is?
The Explosion of Short-Term Rentals
Fayetteville isn’t just buildings. It’s our people. We are so much more than just real estate to be bought and sold. For example, during this campaign, I've heard from many Fayetteville neighbors concerned about the number of short-term rentals owned by out-of-state absentee owners, especially while we're in a housing crisis. We need to preserve as much of our limited housing as possible for full-time residents.
We need to make sure our longtime residents, who are the heart of our city, don’t get pushed out as we welcome new neighbors.
I am ready to help move Fayetteville forward. But I can’t do this alone. Can I count on your support?