Why Buffalo Needs Inclusionary Zoning: Affordability, Job Access, Inclusion, and Quality Housing
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Partnership for the Public Good
"Buffalo’s housing market faces four severe challenges: affordability, job access, inclusiveness, and quality. Inclusionary zoning is a proven tool for addressing all four issues. Inclusionary zoning asks that when a developer creates new housing units, it reserve a certain percent for affordable housing. Thus, inclusionary zoning leverages the power of the market to create more high-quality affordable housing units, often near job centers and transit lines, and to make neighborhoods more inclusive and less segregated. In 2014, recognizing the need for more affordable housing, the City of Buffalo committed to “lobby for regional acceptance of inclusionary zoning provisions.” In 2016, hundreds of Buffalo residents submitted comments supporting the adoption of inclusionary zoning as part of the City’s new Green Code. In passing the Green Code, Common Council members promised to promptly take up and pass inclusionary zoning legislation. This brief presents data demonstrating Buffalo’s need for such legislation. "
Buffalo; Housing/Neighborhoods; Economic Development; High Road Economic Development; Policy Brief