Density Bonus

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Statewide Zoning Reform Proposed in Minnesota

The proposed Comprehensive Housing Affordability Act would trade development fees for zoning relief.

August 24, 2021 - The Center Square

Seattle

Seattle Faith Leaders Call Density Bonus Amendment a 'Poison Pill'

An amendment increasing affordability requirements to 60% for housing built on church-owned property has come under fire from Black church leaders who call it a death knell for many affordable housing projects.

July 19, 2021 - The Urbanist

Affordable housing

What Will Cambridge's New Affordable Housing Overlay Do?

The policy is aimed at reducing the cost of building affordable housing and helping affordable housing developers to better compete on property acquisitions.

July 18, 2021 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Los Angeles Density

What Is Floor Area Ratio?

Floor area ratio (FAR) is a critical measurement to the field of planning. FAR defines development intensity and determines numerous other regulations and development outcomes.

March 24, 2021 - James Brasuell

Urban Living

Inclusionary Zoning Expanded in D.C.

The Washington, D.C. Planning Commission voted to expand the District's inclusionary zoning program, acting a year after the D.C. Office of Planning set out to expand the program.

March 19, 2021 - Urban Turf

Single Family Residential Construction

Early Returns on Austin's New Density Bonus Program: 2,337 Affordable Housing Units

Since late 2019, developers who deliver affordable housing units in Austin have received bonuses in height, density, parking, and other regulatory metrics, leading to a large number of new affordable housing units in the pipeline.

September 10, 2020 - Austin Monitor

The Peninsula

New Housing Law Quickly Enacted in Bay Area

A four-month-old California housing law that applies only to 100% affordable housing near transit has dramatically changed a housing proposal in an affluent Peninsula city, though it is too soon to say if the additional two-stories will be approved.

February 26, 2020 - San Mateo Daily Journal

San Francisco

Transit-Oriented Housing Development Plan Falls Flat in San Francisco

The Home SF plan was supposed to usher in a wave of new housing development on transit corridors in San Francisco. Now, 2.5 years later, that promise might finally be ready to become reality.

December 4, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

Glenwood Green Acres, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Searching for New Affordable Housing Tools

Two proposed pieces of legislation would create a new revenue stream for Philadelphia's affordable housing efforts and protect tenants of existing affordable units.

November 5, 2019 - WHYY

Austin Construction

New Density Bonus Approved in Austin

The city of Austin is using density bonus as an incentive for developers to include affordable housing in new developments.

May 11, 2019 - Austin Monitor

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