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February 21, 2013


Inclusionary Zoning Study Finds Complex but Positive Outcomes
HUD, PD&R Edge

Inclusionary zoning (IZ) has been found to be a successful, cost effective, ordinance which provides incentive to residential developers to allot construction, or money for construction, of units for low and moderate income families. Over 400 jurisdictions around the country have seen positive, progressive growth of affordable housing since implementing IZ in the 1970’s. The benefits are two-fold, not only does IZ provide safe homes for low income renters, it also provides a beneficial social connectivity between people of different income levels. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD’s) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) analyzed current IZ practices in two counties, Montgomery County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia, which share similar IZ history, population and housing markets. The findings were then published in PD&R’s report, Expanding Housing Opportunities Through Inclusionary Zoning: Lessons from Two Counties, this past January. The report sheds light on the complexity of the ordinance, yet the overall consensus was favorable and revealed the need for more in-depth research to accurately measure IZ impact on a national level. More…


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