Folks who attended the National Community Land Trust Network’s annual conference in Lexington, KY earlier this month found a special gift in their “swag bag” – a hot-off-the-press copy of the most comprehensive report to date on Inclusionary Housing policy, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, with support from the Network and Cornerstone Partnership. This report covers both the theory and practice of effective inclusionary housing policies, gathering insights from wide-ranging, up-to-date policy experiences. If you didn’t attend the conference, don’t worry – you can download a copy of the report here. Here are a five reasons why YOU should read the report:
- Educate yourself, a lot or a little. No matter your level of experience, there’s something to learn from this easy-to-read report. If you’re unfamiliar with inclusionary housing, this report is an great place to start. If you already know a lot, you might want to focus on the chapters that deal just with economics, or legal issues, or economic integration.
- Debunk myths. This report compiles and references major research on inclusionary housing policies, impact fees, and their impact on land and housing costs. Opponents of inclusionary housing like to argue that it will raise housing prices or stop development, and this report helps show that this just ain’t so!
- Find out who’s doing what. You’re not alone, and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Whether you’re an advocate, part of city staff, an elected official, or an interested individual, it helps to know what’s going on around the country. This report talks about the prevalence of inclusionary housing policies nationwide (over 500 jurisdictions) and highlights case studies and best practices from dozens of places, from Seattle, WA to Salinas, CA to Stamford, CT.
- Educate others. The adoption of new or revised inclusionary housing policies requires the participation of multiple stakeholders, and conversations become more productive when everyone has a solid understanding of how these policies work and what the best practices are in policy design. This report is less than a month old, and already we’ve heard of a planning director who gave the report to his city’s Housing Task Force with productive results.
- Up your cocktail party conversation. Concentration of poverty, gentrification, and runaway real estate markets are hot topics these days. After reading this report, you’ll be fully prepared to advocate for permanent affordability as an important part of the solution and discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of offsite vs. onsite construction.