Examining Affordability Section :: Page 2
When the Board of Zoning Appeals denied a homeowner’s application last week for a density variance to construct three more homes around his existing home on Marshall Street, the board was adhering to the strict criteria of a Village zoning code intended to discourage density, according to Village planner Ed Amrhein.
Last winter, when Sheryl Cunningham and Tom Clevenger were looking for a house in town, none of the three homes in their price range was particularly appealing. One appeared to be a converted office, another lacked enough space for a garden and in the third, floors were warped and walls twisting.
Anecdotal evidence in the region suggests that Yellow Springs is a relatively expensive place to live, and real estate data supports the assumption that the cost of housing in the village is relatively high, compared to surrounding communities.