Tennessee Legislature Blocks Nashville's 2016 Inclusionary Zoning Policy

Republicans in the Tennessee State Legislature made sure Nashville will never know if its inclusionary zoning policy would have delivered affordable housing in the city.

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April 2, 2018, 6:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"The Tennessee state Senate [earlier in March] voted to prevent cities from imposing housing price constraints on developers in exchange for granting additional development rights," reports Mike Reicher.

The vote by the State Senate was a response to the city of Nashville's inclusionary zoning policy, which the city adopted in 2016, after studying inclusionary zoning as an affordable housing tool since 2015. No developers had taken advantage of the program before the action of the State Senate.

"With a vote of 20 to 6, the Republican-led Senate effectively nullified Nashville’s attempt at so-called 'inclusionary zoning,'" according to Reicher. The Republican opposition to the policy focused on the extra costs the policy could incur for developers.

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