On-line discussion of inclusionary zoning resources
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Nearly 200 affordable housing leaders from across the country met in Washington, DC October 5-7 to talk about inclusionary zoning, one of the most promising tools available for creating mixed-income communities and offering housing choices for American families. PolicyLink is launching an online discussion tool as a way to continue to share information and strategies that emerged from the event and that can help win and expand inclusionary zoning. (Go to <http://listserver.policylink.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/inclusionary_housing>http://listserver.policylink.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/inclusionary_housing to join.)
Finding housing that is affordable, safe, and that provides access to opportunity is one of the biggest challenges facing families, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. City and suburban officials and community leaders across the country are adopting inclusionary zoning ordinances often as the result of advocacy efforts by residentsto make affordable housing available to residents at a wide variety of income levels, often serving extremely low- to moderate-income households.
Inclusionary zoning is being used as an important local housing tool to preserve and create mixed-income communities in hundreds of cities throughout the nationincluding Boston, New York, San Diego, and San Franciscoand has secured tens of thousands of units of affordable housing as a result. The online discussion provides a way to learn from your peers about how to develop an IZ policy that balances community needs for affordable housing with the needs of developers to realize a return on investment.
* In gentrifying neighborhoods, affordable units provided by IZ can prevent displacement of longtime residents.
* In new and growing neighborhoods, IZ can ensure that affordability becomes part of the area’s long-term plans.
* In expensive neighborhoods, IZ can provide housing opportunities for moderate-income families who may work there, but wouldn’t otherwise be able to live there.
For PolicyLink resources on inclusionary zoning and affordable housing, visit <http://www.policylink.org/Projects/IZ/>http://www.policylink.org/Projects/IZ/
Patricia Baron Pollak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Policy Analysis and Management
Director, Graduate Community and Rural Development program