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Solving the Housing Crisis

The White House released its Housing Development Toolkit, a guide designed to help local municipalities struggling with the pervasive crisis of affordable middle and lower income housing options in our cities.

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The toolkit established a few key guidelines to remove the barriers to development and encourage smart building in our cities:

  1. Establish by-right development, not subject to discretionary review processes prior to approval
  2. Tax vacant land or donate it to non-profit developers
  3. streamline or shorten permitting processes and timelines
  4. eliminate off-street parking requirements
  5. enact high-density and multifamily zoning
  6. allow accessory dwelling units
  7. establish density bonuses
  8. employ inclusionary zoning
  9. establish development tax or value capture incentives

The full report can be found at this link:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/images/Housing_Development_Toolkit%20f.2.pdf

-Carlos Fausto Miranda

12/1/16

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