Burlington mayor hosts housing summit

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Affordable housing in Burlington has taken leaps in the right direction over the years but still has a long way to go.

At Tuesday's housing summit at city hall, participants focused on five key areas to make the rental market more affordable -- accessory dwelling units, parking minimums, housing trust funds, short-term rentals, and energy efficiency.

"We're, in short, going to need to put the needs of the community for new homes over the individual private needs of those who want to protect their views, their peak property value or other private interests," said Burlington Mayor Weinberger, who has made housing a key priority during his time in office.

Guest speakers, including Minneapolis City Council President
Lisa Bender, offered examples of how other cities are tackling the challenge.

"We've reformed parking requirements, we are investing millions of dollars into affordable housing and really we're trying hard to make sure that as our city grows we don't leave members of our community behind," Bender said.

Their will be an open forum Tuesday night at City Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. to share ideas and gather community input.