Zoning changes considered for housing

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The primary objective of inclusionary zoning is to increase the supply of affordable housing in conjunction with market-rate development, and (it) can be particularly effective in communities, such as Burbank, experiencing a strong demand for housing,” Joy Forbes, a deputy city planner, wrote in a city staff report. As part of the plan, officials are also proposing incentives to developers, including offering credits for every low-income unit provided and additional credits to developers who build at least three more affordable units than required for any project. “The city recognizes that constructing the units is a cost to development and therefore, as other cities do, will be offering incentives to developers to build the units within the project, rather than opting to pay an in-lieu fee,” Forbes wrote in her memo. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] BURBANK – City officials are considering changing zoning rules and offering new incentives for developers to boost affordable housing in the area. The proposed changes come after three years of discussions by an affordable housing task force. If approved, it would make Burbank one of 120 cities across the state with such policies. The proposed plan – which only would apply to projects with five or more new units within one project site – would require developers to make 15 percent of the units available at affordable rates, set aside 10 percent for low-income households and set aside 5 percent for very-low income households. The proposed plan, known as inclusionary zoning, is expected to be sent to the City Council for a vote in the next several months. last_img

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