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File #: 210752.    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Passed
File created: 12/21/2021 In control: City Manager
On agenda: 1/6/2022 Final action: 1/6/2022
Title: Final Report Inclusionary Housing Program Development and Exclusionary Zoning Study (B)
Attachments: 1. 210752_FinalReport_Gainesville_EZ_IZ_Study_20220106, 2. 210752B_Gainesville_EZ_IZ_Presentation_20220106
Final Report Inclusionary Housing Program Development and Exclusionary Zoning Study (B)

On August 31, 2020, the City Commission requested that staff begin the development of an inclusionary zoning (IZ) program and conduct a review of potential exclusionary zoning provisions contained within the City’s Land Development Code. The referral was part of a multi-part motion intended to further the City’s equitable development goals through a variety of policy and programmatic strategies.

HR&A Advisors was engaged by the City of Gainesville to analyze the causes of and potential strategies to address housing instability and racial inequities and develop a report and recommendations based on the study’s findings.

This study responded to the following guiding questions:

1. What drives housing instability and inequities in Gainesville?
2. How do exclusionary land use controls drive local housing market trends?
3. How can changes to exclusionary land use controls make housing in Gainesville more equitable?
4. Is an inclusionary zoning policy a feasible and effective tool for producing new affordable housing in Gainesville?
5. What other programs and policies are needed to address housing instability and inequities?

The analysis and full report are included in the backup including a series of recommendations based on the consultant’s findings. The principal report recommendations are as follows:

1. The City should remedy existing exclusionary land use controls, by amending the City’s rules and regulations by focusing on those that have the highest exclusionary impact in Gainesville, including strict lot utilization and parcel constraints, strict design and compatibility requirements, and occupancy and mobile home limitations (page 16 of report).

2. The City should implement a mandatory IZ policy requiring that rental developments with at least 10 residential units provide a 10 percent set-aside of units that are affordable to household...

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