South Portland housing panel gets to work

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SOUTH PORTLAND — The Affordable Housing Committee Wednesday discussed the scope of its task, and what is feasible to accomplish in its delegated three-month window.

The ad hoc committee was formed after members of the public approached the City Council late last year about enacting rent stabilization measures.

The council gave its blessing in late January for the committee of renters, landlords, students, developers and city staff.

Members agreed at the March 30 meeting that they should reach a consensus on the definition of affordable housing. They also agreed that increasing the supply of housing is a good first step, while others urged against prematurely patching the problem with rent control measures.

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