Posts Tagged ‘inclusionary zoning’

McDuffie Bill Would Require Affordable Housing in Public-Land Development

The city has taken a couple of stabs at solutions to the increasing unaffordability of housing in the District. Mayor Vince Gray pledged last month to spend $187 million on affordable housing projects—a move in the right direction, but not one that will make new private developments any more affordable. The city's inclusionary zoning policy requires [...]

What Should D.C. Learn From Other Cities’ Inclusionary Zoning? (Not Much.)

It seems to be in vogue these days to attack inclusionary zoning. Josh Barro did it yesterday in Business Insider. Georgetown Business Improvement CEO Joe Sternlieb did it in our recent "How to Fix Everything" issue. And the low-income housing group Manna is out with a new report highlighting everything that's wrong with D.C.'s IZ program.
On [...]

At Long Last, D.C. Sells Its First Inclusionary Zoning Unit

Four years after the initiative took effect, D.C. has finally sold its first housing unit under the inclusionary zoning program.
The IZ program requires that new residential buildings of 10 or more dwelling units set aside 8 to 10 percent of the units for low- to moderate-income households at below-market rates. The city's latest report on [...]

Report: Zero Inclusionary Zoning Units Sold or Rented as of December

The latest report on the city's inclusionary zoning program, which compels developers to include affordable units in large residential buildings, shows that as of the end of last year, none of these units had been bought or rented.
The Department of Housing and Community Development quietly released its Inclusionary Zoning Annual Report in April, but it's [...]

Georgia Avenue Developer Sues City Over Inclusionary Zoning

A Georgia Avenue NW developer is suing city officials for depriving it of "any economically viable use of its property without providing any form of compensation whatsoever" as a result of the city's Inclusionary Zoning program.
The IZ program, which was passed by the D.C. Council in 2007 and took effect in 2009, requires developers of large [...]

Inclusionary Zoning Pipeline Still Not Exactly Gushing

It's here, it's here, the first report on inclusionary zoning units that has actual information! Although the law requiring a certain percentage of new residential developments be priced below market passed back in 2007, it took a while for the regulations to kick in, so the program hasn't had much to show for itself.
Well, that's [...]

Why Inclusionary Zoning Isn’t Working Yet

In 2007, the D.C. Council passed an inclusionary zoning ordinance, which requires residential developers to price between 8 and 10 percent of units in a new building below market rates. Modeled off a Montgomery County law that has generated thousands of affordable condos and apartments since the 1970s, it's one of D.C.'s key initiatives to [...]

In the Perilous World of D.C. Development, a Christmas Gift

Navigating the District’s byzantine regulatory processes is no easy feat: An alphabet soup of codes and boards determines what you’re allowed to build where, costing potentially thousands of dollars if you don’t get it right the first time.
One entrepreneur, Shannon Christmas, is hoping that’s enough to drive renovators and builders to seek expert assistance. Over [...]

In Zoning Changes, Timing Matters

If the word "zoning" makes your eyes glaze over, get yourself some coffee or something and try to focus for a second.
Here's the thing: For a few years now, the Office of Planning has been working on revamping the rules that govern how the city looks and feels. Regulations that dictate how many parking spaces [...]

Sometimes Public Policy is Complicated

Four years after the enactment of inclusionary zoning laws, which allow developers to build more densely in exchange for selling some units at affordable rates to qualified buyers, we're still arguing about whether they should exist. Or at least, Matt Yglesias is. Yesterday, the Coalition for Smarter Growth's Cheryl Cort rebutted the argument–advanced primarily by [...]

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