The objective of this council priority is to encourage more permanently affordable middle-income housing in the city and make changes to the Inclusionary Housing program to increase efficiency and improve program outcomes.

  1. Plan

  2. Design

  3. Implement

Project Overview

The 2022-2023 Inclusionary Housing update will analyze the program to identify opportunities to increase production of housing affordable to middle income households and incorporate best practices for the program.


Adopted in 2000, the Inclusionary Housing Program has had two major updates: the first in 2009 and the second in 2018. The 2018 update added a new requirement for 5% middle-income housing in addition to the existing 20% requirement for low- and moderate-income housing. The 2018 update also included numerous incentives for developers to build the affordable ownership housing on-site as part of the development. Due to numerous market and regulatory factors, on-site and ownership housing outcomes remain rare. This update will explore these market and regulatory factors and make recommendations for changes to the program to achieve more middle-income outcomes and incorporate best practices.

Project Timeline

  • Oct. 27, 2022: Study session with council.
  • Jan. 31, 2023: Study session with Planning Board, Housing Advisory Board, and Technical Advisory Group.
  • Jan. - Jun. 2023: Consultant market analysis, best practices, feasibility analysis and policy recommendations; staff review of policy alternatives and potential code amendments.
  • Jun. - Jul. 2023: Receive final documents from consultant; staff refine updates and policy options; obtain feedback from advisory boards and stakeholders (e.g., property owners, professionals, planning staff, other city staff) on policy alternatives and potential code amendments.
  • Aug. - Sept. 2023: Public hearing before Planning Board on code updates to the land use code (Title 9); first reading of ordinance with City Council; second reading of ordinance and public hearing before City Council.
  • Oct. - Nov. 2023: Update administrative regulations, city manage adoptions of updates.