Houghton rezoning sparks debate 

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"The underlying problem is we have put a cap on development," O’Reilly said.

"One of the key elements is the redistribution of wealth, but you have to have wealth first. These (houses) give us money to distribute."

O’Reilly said to Melamed: "You have to take some consolation in how far this discussion has come, from 10 years ago, even from five years ago. We are listening."

Melamed agreed and later said he found some consolation in the motion to use taxes from large homes to affect affordability.

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