DCP-CB14 briefing on Inclusionary Housing provisions

Brooklyn’s Community Board 14, which covers Flatbush and Midwood, has announced a meeting next week, Thursday, March 19 at 6pm, in the CB14 District Office at 810 East 16th Street:

The New York City Department of City Planning has agreed to brief our Board on the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Text Amendment. This is particularly important because, upon the anticipated adoption of the Flatbush rezoning proposal, these Inclusionary Housing rules will apply to certain portions of our district.
Emergency Executive & Interested Members Meeting, Brooklyn Community Board 14, 2009-03-09

It’s an “emergency” meeting because details for this meeting were not available when they published their March calendar of meetings.

Among the provisions of the recently certified Flatbush Rezoning Proposal are considerations to encourage preservation and development of affordable housing. The zoning mechanism for this is the Inclusionary Housing Program:

By providing a floor area bonus for the construction or preservation of affordable housing, inclusionary zoning harnesses the strength of the city’s housing market to create a mix of units for low- and moderate-income families along with market-rate apartments.

The expanded [in 2005] Inclusionary Housing Program, which can be applied in areas being rezoned to medium- and high-density residential districts, combines a zoning floor area bonus with a variety of housing subsidy programs to create powerful incentives for the development and preservation of affordable housing. Developments taking advantage of the full bonus in the new program must devote at least 20 percent of their residential floor area to housing that will remain permanently affordable to lower-income households.

The Department of City Planning (DCP) is responsible for identifying eligible areas in rezoning plans, such as that for Flatbush. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is responsible for administering housing built according to the program.


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Emergency Executive & Interested Members Meeting, CB14
Inclusionary Housing Program, DCP

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