Case Studies in Inclusionary Housing

Zoning Practice — March 2007

By Nicholas Brunick


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To be viable and attractive for living, working, and playing, U.S. cities must find more ways to create and preserve affordable housing for every rung on the economic ladder. One way to do this is through inclusionary housing policies that zone for affordability.

Cities can use zoning codes and development approval processes to require, encourage, or negotiate a specified percentage of affordable units in certain types of developments. Often, a developer can pay money or donate land in lieu of including affordable housing in a development.

This issue of Zoning Practice takes a look at Chicago's three-pronged approach to inclusionary housing and then compares this approach to requirements in other cities around the country.


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March 1, 2007
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Nicholas Brunick