Housing Bonus Ordinance Proposal

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Choice in housing matters in our community. We must offer housing choices that make our community more affordable and diversify housing options for all who wish to call Boise home. To help achieve these goals, the City of Boise proposes the following amendment to Boise City Code Chapter 11-06-03.4 to offer property owners a housing bonus in exchange for helping improve housing affordability, housing options, and transportation choice in our community.

Property owners will be able to receive the housing bonus in exchange for the following public benefits:

  • The construction or preservation of affordable housing options
  • The construction of transit-supportive development
  • The reuse of existing buildings.

The proposed housing bonus ordinance offers five incentive options.

The incentive options include various modifications to zoning standards such as a streamlined review process, a parking reduction, density flexibility, and increased building height. Property owners would be eligible to receive the incentive options only if the proposed development meets the public benefit criteria outlined below.

Following recent public feedback, the City of Boise modified the draft proposal. The Story Map visually highlights how the draft proposal was modified and where each of the incentive options broadly applies across the city.

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Public Benefit

Applicable Zones

learn more about each zone

Incentive

(1) Affordable Housing Bonus10-20% of the proposed housing is income restricted

R-3
N-0, L-0
C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4
PC

  • Streamlined Process
  • Density Flexibility
  • *Additional Building Height (not applicable for projects in the R-3 zone)
  • Parking Reduction
(2) Transit-Supportive BonusProject is located 1/8 or 1/4 mile from a designated Activity CenterR-3
N-0, L-0
C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4
PC
  • Density Flexibility
  • *Additional Building Height (not applicable for projects in the R-3 zone)
  • Parking Reduction
(3) Adaptive Reuse BonusReuse of an existing structure

R-1A, R-1B, R-1C,
R-1M, R-2, R-3
N-0, L-0
C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4
PC

  • Parking Reduction
(4) Affordable Housing & Transit Supportive Bonus10-20% of proposed housing is income restricted AND projected is located 1/8 or 1/4 mile from a designated Activity Center

R-3
N-0, L-0
C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4
PC

  • Streamlined Process
  • Density Flexibility
  • *Additional Building Height (not applicable for projects in the R-3 zone)
  • Additional Parking Reduction
(5) Affordable Housing & Adaptive Reuse Bonus

10-20% of proposed housing is income restricted AND Reuse of an existing structure

R-3
N-0, L-0

C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4
PC

  • Streamlined Process
  • Density Flexibility
  • *Additional Building Height (not applicable for projects in the R-3 zone)
  • Additional Parking Reduction

*Any portion of the structure located adjacent to a residential zoning district containing a detached single-family or duplex dwelling shall have a maximum height of 35 feet for a minimum of 10 feet beyond the applicable side or rear setback.

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Community Feedback

We received 99 responses from our community, in addition to numerous direct messages to our project team. Of the number of responses we received, 30 selected “yes,” 22 selected “maybe,” and 47 selected “no” in response to whether the proposed incentives made sense for Boise. You can review specific comments in the document below.

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Next Steps

On December 14, 2020, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the ordinance. This recommendation will move forward to City Council on January 12, 2021.

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