At today’s NHHFA Housing and the Economy Conference, a number of people spoke about housing policy, economics, the projected demographics of our nation over the next thirty years, and what we might do to prepare for those changes. All this bears on the subject of “senior housing”. (I’ll post my notes to the blog soon.)
I was fortunate enough to run into Mike Kiess from Vital Communities at the conference. Mike suggested that, rather than talking in the abstract, or trying to create some kind of survey, we could start by asking what would serve the people in the room. His questions:
- What are your plans? At some time in future, you may choose not to live in your current home. Where do you plan to live? Will it be in Lyme?
- Who’s going to buy your current home? Are there people already living in Lyme who would be happy to move to your (presumably larger) home for their family? Or will you hope that some other family moves to Lyme from out of town?
- What services do you think you’ll need? Who will provide them? Will they live in Lyme? If not, how far do you expect they will have to travel to get to you?
So, what are your plans? If you would like to have them considered by the Planning Board, please send your thoughts to the Planning and Zoning Administrator (email@example.com) and please cc: me – firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
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