The small, suburban city of Davis has had an inclusionary zoning ordinance since 1987. The Affordable Housing Ordinance requires 25 to 35 percent affordability for rental housing and 10 to 25 percent affordability for homeownership developments. To date, the program has produced approximately 2,000 affordable homes for low-income renters and moderate-income homeowners. These homes must remain permanently affordable.

For most of the policy’s history, the ordinance offered developers two alternatives to developing affordable units on-site: land dedication or paying an in-lieu fee. Many of the affordable homes produced by developers to date have been through exercise of one of these two alternatives. Land dedication, in particular, has allowed for a variety of affordable housing types, including a domestic violence shelter, senior housing, family housing, housing for individuals leaving homelessness, transitional housing and housing for those with developmental disabilities.

In January of 2015, the city added a third alternative: acquiring and placing permanent affordability restrictions on existing housing units. Use of this option is subject to discretionary approval by the City Council based on consideration of such factors as the condition of the units and potential displacement of existing residents.

For More Info:

Danielle Foster, City of Davis, City Manager’s Office
Email: [email protected]