The most common form of inclusionary housing requirement is the obligation to provide some share of housing units at affordable prices or rents within new market rate residential projects. These units are referred to as on-site units because they are built in the same location as the market-rate units that generate the requirement (while off-site affordable units would be built in a different location).
The Set-Aside Requirement
What share of units should be provided at affordable prices or rents? Can project economics help pick the right level of requirement?
Do affordable units need to be identical to market-rate units? If not, what design standards should apply?
Which income groups should the affordable units serve? How can we reach those with the greatest need?
Should every real estate project be required to participate in the inclusionary program? Some communities exempt very small projects, for example.