[permaculture] Planning Department encourages infill, offers tiny-house p...

L. Santoyo santoyo at earthflow.com
Wed Jul 1 12:44:43 EDT 2009

Beware ego and ethno-centricity... Low cost housing is a real and current
issue -to many people -maybe not to you -and certainly no one is demanding
digging up of yards. Funny that almost ever dream permaculture design -in
both design courses from my students -or with my clients, includes a tiny
house and a garden -there is nothing exclusive about each.

This is a victory -a regulatory obstacle has been overcome by the hard work
of sustainability groups and of housing advocates.

Our town is hurting for places to live and has put pressure on farm lands.
Please consider that infill is in fact, one way to directly preserve farm
land and to create more housing opportunities without taxing or creating new

L. Santoyo, Director
EarthFlow Design Works


On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 6:55 AM, <Marimike6 at cs.com> wrote:

> Larry, are we now recommending that people dig up their back yards and
> plant more houses? Or was your article meant to be tongue in cheek?
> In the Raleigh area we're having a lot of people recommending more "infill"
> now. Every pocket park and bit of greenery is being eyed as a venue for
> more housing units. Quality of life is going down month by month as we
> switch
> over from trees to concrete.
> I agree there's a problem at the edges. Farms are being gobbled up
> wholesale for conversion to instant super-developments, centered around a
> lake,
> clubhouse and shopping center. Thousand of units, all made of ticky tacky,
> and
> new families to fill them.
> What we really need is more birth control. The thought that the residents
> of San Luis Obispo should do their patriotic duty and build an extra story
> onto their house, or apartments in their back yards, so they can help house
> all the new people being churned out, is kind of scary.
> Mike Elvin
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