Mandate Smart Inclusionary Zoning
COMMUNITIES need both inclusionary zoning and Inclusionary Zoning. The former refers to the fact that most zoning practice is actually exclusionary, and needs to be changed if we want better integrated neighborhoods— as addressed in Rules 6 and 9. The latter refers to the now well-established practice of requiring developers to include below-market-rate units in their market-rate projects. While not the most powerful tool for creating affordability—compared to housing vouchers or low-income housing tax credits—Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) has demonstrated itself both to increase the supply of attainable housing and to limit the displacement of current residents in neighborhoods experiencing development.