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Municipalities across Lowcountry continue to work towards affordable housing

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Municipalities across the Lowcountry have been working on ways to offer housing options for residents and future residents, but a high demand for property is causing an increase in market prices and making it hard for towns to offer affordable housing.

Affordable housing is all about being able to retain workforce, so offering options for students, beginner families, and young professionals. In 2005, the town of Bluffton built one neighborhood aimed at creating an affordable community, but with 6 homes, it barely scratched the surface.

"We have a fair amount of young people and with those, 40 percent of them live in Bluffton." "What we would like to do is have our employees live on the island so they don't have to fight the traffic of coming onto Hilton Head."

The challenge is affordable housing available on Hilton Head Island right now for employees to find somewhere to live.

The same problem is seen in Bluffton as developers are feeling the pressures of high property prices. 

"The cost of land has really been the catalyst as to why they have to increase their prices are the fees that are charged by the municipalities and the counties," says Fred Hamilton, Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee.

"How the laws are set up right now with the land management ordinance will not allow enough developments per acre to make it attractive for developers to make apartments on the island right now," says Rob Jordan of SERG Restaurant Group 

The town of Bluffton plans to continue this conversation and develop partnerships that will make affordable housing in the towel more prevalent.

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