We all know that finding affordable housing remains a challenge for too many DC residents and workers — a challenge that is particularly acute in our neighborhood.
The city recently adopted a new policy, called Inclusionary Zoning, that would address this problem citywide. In Ward 3, it means new developments along Wisconsin and Connecticut Avenues would be required to include a certain amount of housing for DC’s working families without impacting our existing neighborhoods.
What is Inclusionary Zoning?
Inclusionary zoning is a city policy requiring new residential developments to include a portion of affordable homes in exchange for allowing some additional market-rate units on site. This policy will create nearly 200 affordable or workforce housing units each year and will equitably and effectively distribute these units across the city.
For almost 30 years, hundreds of cities and counties throughout the United States – including Arlington County, Boston, Montgomery County, and San Francisco – have used inclusionary zoning to help meet their affordable housing needs and build vibrant, mixed income communities. Inclusionary zoning is a proven and effective strategy for producing and promoting the more equitable distribution of affordable housing.
Why Support Inclusionary Zoning?
- People who work in the Disctrict should have an opportunity to live here too. Inclusionary zoning is one way to provide this opportunity.
- Inclusionary Zoning will be applied equitably throughout the city.
- Inclusionary Zoning will have minimal impacts on existing neighborhoods.
- Our city needs more mixed-income communities and inclusionary zoning is a way to achieve that goal.
- Inclusionary zoning is an important part of a larger strategy to meet the affordable housing needs of current and future District residents.
- Affordable housing and historic preservation are compatible goals. Inclusionary zoning should apply in historic districts.