RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON
Monday, May 10, 2010, 10:00 AM
Book: 64, Page: 1
Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Planning & Community Development Committee Chair, Terry Bornemann
Terry Bornemann, Council Member, Fifth Ward
PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
TERRY BORNEMANN (CHAIR); SETH FLEETWOOD, MICHAEL LILLIQUIST, JACK WEISS
AB18442 1. WORKSESSION TO IDENTIFY PROGRAM OPTIONS FOR INCENTIVE ZONING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM
Presented by: Mark Gardner, Legislative Policy Analyst
After discussion, the Committee will recommend the full Council consider the following options:
Michael Lilliquist, Council Member, Sixth Ward
Seth Fleetwood, Council Member, At Large
Jack Weiss, Council Member, First Ward
1. Geographical/zoning areas targeted for affordability requirements. Ordinance should cover existing residential areas that are upzoned, or where other land uses are changed to residential.
2. Types of residential housing subject to requirements. Program should apply to all types of housing – multifamily and single-family, and to both rental and ownership housing.
3. Project size to trigger affordability requirement. Projects that are ten or more units should trigger an affordability requirement.
4. Target percentage for affordable units. Staff should look at setting a target within the 10 to 20% range, with number chosen reflecting results of additional economic analysis of building costs and land values.
5. Developer incentives. Increases in base density will be the main incentive for these areas. Additional incentives could be considered in areas where base density increases are smaller. Future staff research will identify which incentives are appropriate. Other incentives may be developed as part of a package of affordable housing incentives available citywide.
6. Maximum income levels to qualify for units. 80 percent of County Median Income (CMI) for both rental and ownership housing.
7. Length of affordability of units. Units should remain affordable in perpetuity for both rental and ownership units.
8. Administration of the program. To be determined. Staff should examine the costs of administering in-house but allow for possibility of contracting out depending on in-house costs, availability of outside entities willing to assist in administration, etc.
9. In-lieu and land dedication options. On-site and in-project development of affordable units should be encouraged. In-lieu fees should be allowed under specified and limited circumstances. Land dedication in-lieu of units or fees should be allowed if value of land equals cost of producing the affordable units.
10. Location of affordable units in relation to project. Units should be created in the project in most cases, and may be allowed outside of the specific project but in the general area under certain conditions. Rehabilitation or conversion of existing units into affordable units may be allowed in the same general area under certain conditions.
11. Comparability of units between affordable and market-rate units. The number of bedrooms in affordable units should be proportionately similar to those of the market rate units in a project. Units should be of similar external appearance to market rate units when in the same project. Attached affordable units may be allowed if the majority of project units are detached, if attached affordable units are of a generally similar quality to the market rate units.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:36 AM
Terry Bornemann, Chair of Planning & Community Development Committee
ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Legislative Administrator
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