An affordable housing mandate in Denver could be on the horizon
Denver's elected officials are moving forward with a proposed mandate aimed at increasing the city's stock of affordable rental and for-sale homes.
Driving the news: A Denver City Council committee on Tuesday advanced Mayor Michael Hancock's plan to require all new residential buildings with 10 or more units to include between 8-15% income-restricted dwellings.
- The pricier the area (think Cherry Creek and Union Station), the more affordable units there would need to be.
- If developers don't comply with the new regulations, they would face significant fees.
State of play: Council members are proposing several amendments to the policy before they give the green light.
- Changes on the table include expanding the areas in which housing developers can build affordable units without including on-site parking.
- Another amendment would ensure that grandfathered projects pay the steeper linkage fees — government-issued dues for real estate developers to fund affordable housing needs — that kick off July 1.
The other side: As is, Denver's understaffed planning department is approving housing projects on time in just 1% of instances, Denverite reports.
- And a rush of new development plans could create even more of a backlog, builders say.
- Meanwhile, some developers doubt the plan will achieve its intended purpose and deter projects entirely due to the city's rules and regulations.
What's next: Council members are expected to vote on the final proposal over the next several weeks.
- A public hearing will be held before the final vote.
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