Bonus to get capped
City leaders are working to establish limits on a just-passed ordinance that offers residential developers breaks on building heights, setbacks and other building rules in exchange for affordable housing.
Members of the City Council okayed the city’s so-called density bonus ordinance in December 2009. But they said they wanted to make sure that new development didn’t impact existing residential neighborhoods. So they asked city staffers to come up with changes to the new ordinance that would address their concerns.
Staff talked it over with the Planning Board, which will be considering a draft ordinance at its meeting tonight. The newly modified ordinance would allow the city to limit the use of concessions and incentives developers who build affordable housing can get. It would also require new development in existing residential neighborhoods to complement what’s already there.
The Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. today in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Their agenda is here. For a little more background on the city’s density bonus ordinance, click here and here.