Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Inclusionary zoning laws can serve as a mechanism to provide more housing opportunities by requiring or incentivizing developers to set aside a certain portion of new developments for affordable housing, and are designed to provide more affordable rental and/or owner-occupied housing for low to moderate-income individuals and families. Developers can sometimes meet the requirement by building affordable units off-site or pay into an affordable housing fund. Incentives for developers include expedited permitting, density bonuses, and zoning variances.

This LawAtlas dataset identifies and displays key features of ten 10 local-level inclusionary zoning laws in effect as of December 1, 2018. The jurisdictions include: Boulder, CO; Burlington, VT; Cambridge, MA; Evanston, IL; Irvine, CA; Highland Park, IL; Lake Forest, IL; San Diego, CA; Santa Fe, NM; and Stamford, CT.

The data were created by the Cook County Department of Public Health as part of the 2018 Local Policy Surveillance Project, a year-long legal epidemiology project, with training and technical assistance from CDC’s Public Health Law Program, along with ChangeLab Solutions and the Policy Surveillance Program at Temple University’s Center for Public Health Law Research.