Expand Opportunities for New Housing

This section describes tools and strategies that increase the supply of new housing through the use of local official controls and policies that help to spur private development, and support the redevelopment of underutilized and contaminated property and the reuse of publicly-owned buildings and land for housing.

Adopt Local Policies in Support of Housing Choice

Adopting local housing policy can help ensure that there is choice and diversity of housing type, value and affordability.

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Make Publicly Owned Land Avalable for Affordable Workforce Homes

State and local governments can help to increase the development opportunities and the supply of affordable homes by making suitable publicly-owned land available for housing development.

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Redevelop Brownfield Sites for New Housing

Encouraging the redevelopment of brownfield sites presents new opportunities not only to clean up the land and remove contaminates but also to provide new housing that is within existing developed areas. This provides new housing with access to an already built infrastructure and amenities.

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Support the Reuse of Abandoned, Vacant & Tax Delinquent Properties

Through community development and housing policies that encourage conversion of vacant properties into affordable homes, communities can reduce blight and increase housing opportunities for working families.

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Reduce Regulatory Costs: Expedite Permitting, Consider Reduced Fees and Parking Requirements

By reducing local costs through streamlining and expediting the approvals process and reducing fees and parking requirements, jurisdictions make it easier for the market to deliver affordable homes.

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Diversify Housing Types through Innovative Land Use and Zoning Policies

Localities have expanded the supply of new homes by rezoning land for residential use and increasing, in appropriate locations, the number of homes that can be developed per acre.

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Adopt Mixed Income Housing Policies

Mixed-income housing is a development that has a deliberate mix of income groups as a “fundamental part” of its financial and operating plans. Adopting mixed income housing policies at the local level indicates strong support for new development with a full range of housing choices.

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