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2017 Inclusionary Housing Update

City Council adopted an update to the inclusionary housing program in the fall of 2017. The inclusionary housing program was first adopted in 2000 in response to the city’s housing challenges. This was an ambitious initiative to require all new residential development to provide 20 percent of the all new homes as permanently affordable to low and moderate-income households. The program has demonstrated considerable success over the years and the update was intended to respond to new challenges, specifically addressing the loss of middle income housing as well as exploring options for incentivizing more affordable homes on-site with new market rate homes.

The focus of the update was to:

1) Add a middle income affordable housing requirement to the inclusionary housing program as identified in the Middle Income Housing Strategy;

2) Evaluate requirements and incentives to achieve more on-site affordable units; and

3) Consider requiring a review for all affordable off-site projects to ensure quality design and materials

Upcoming Dates:

The majority of ordinance and administrative regulation updates are currently in effect, however, the 5 percent overall increase for middle-income households and related incentives are voluntary until July 1, 2018

July 1, 2018 All ordinance and administrative regulation updates become mandatory

Previous Meetings and Materials:

Oct. 30, 2017 – Third Reading and approval by City Council

Sept. 5, 2017 - City Council Public Hearing on a draft ordinance pdf

Aug. 24, 2017 - Planning Board Public Hearing on a draft ordinance pdf

April 5 & 13, 2017 -  Office Hours

April 3, 2017 -  Open House

March 21, 2017 - City Council Study Session: Inclusionary Housing Update Options, Meeting Packet pdf. View the video for the Council Study Session here 

If you have any questions, please contact Jay Sugnet at 303-441-4057 or [email protected].

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