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IZ Workshop 2014: A1 summary table of inclusionary zoning


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  • 1. Inclusionary Zoning Solutions - May 14, 2014 Session A1: Effective Inclusionary Zoning Moderator: Madeline Colety AICP, Abt Associates <> Panelists: Laura Wiener AICP, Director of Housing, Arlington Michelle Collette AICP, Town Planner, Groton Linda Prosnitz, Housing Planner, Cambridge Kristen Las AICP, Principal Planner, Shrewsbury ARLINGTON CAMBRIDGE GROTON SHREWSBURY Mandatory or voluntary Mandatory Mandatory Mandatory with Special Permit projects Voluntary, ability to build dwellings on larger lots with larger frontages as an exception Minimum size of project that triggers bylaw 6 units 10 units or 10,000 square feet 2 units for Subsidized Elderly Housing; 6 in TCOD; 10 in subdivisions 5 lots or units % of project that must be affordable 15% 15% of base units 50% for Subsidized Elderly Housing; 15% in TCOD; 15% in subdivisions Varies based upon zoning district: 10-25% (See PowerPoint) Affordability period Perpetuity Life of the building Perpetuity Perpetuity Maximum income of occupants (% of median income) Rental: 70% Ownership: 80% 80% of 100% of AMI DHCD Guidelines: Low income – 50% Moderate income – 80% 80% Buyout allowed? Yes, in exceptional circumstances Never, would have to prove significant hardship No, not any more Yes, by Special Permit with the Planning Board Incentives/offsets Reduced parking requirement Bonus unit and additional FAR Incentive lots or units Smaller lot sizes for some zoning districts Total units created 52 units total: 10 ownership, 42 rental 767 total: 194 homeownership, 573 rental 100 units constructed units to date; 12 approved & not yet constructed 18 total since bylaw was adopted in 2005
  • 2. ARLINGTON CAMBRIDGE GROTON SHREWSBURY Quick tip/ Words of advice 80% of median is too high for renters. Require comparable parking. Require affordable units rather than buy out; administer clear and predictable process Be flexible in working with all parties Education is key as inclusionary zoning is confusing. You can change the bylaw over time to tweak what will work best for your municipality. Link to bylaw ic_Documents/ArlingtonMA_Zoni ngBylaws/article11.pdf Section 11.08 ~/media/Files/CDD/ZoningDev el/Ordinance2/zo_article11_13 59.ashx http://www.shrewsbury- 415191.pdf Section VII.K Contact person Laura Wiener, AICP Director of Housing <> Linda Prosnitz Housing Project Planner <> Michelle Collette, AICP Land Use Director/Town Planner <> Kristen Las, AICP Principal Planner <>