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.

Public Benefit

Applicable Zones

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Incentive

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

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

  • Streamlined Process
  • Density Flexibility
  • Additional Height
  • 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
  • Density Flexibility
  • Additional Height
  • 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

  • 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

  • Streamlined Process
  • Density Flexibility
  • Additional Building Height
  • Additional Parking Reduction
(5) Affordable Housing & Adaptive Reuse Bonus

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

R-2, R-3
N-0, L-0

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

  • Streamlined Process
  • Density Flexibility
  • Additional Building Height
  • Additional Parking Reduction

We’re Listening

We would like to hear your thoughts on the proposed Housing Bonus Ordinance amendment.

City staff will incorporate the feedback you share in the form below into the public record, which requires you to share your full name and address.

Please share your thoughts through the form below by 5 p.m. Sunday, October 25, 2020.




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Next Steps

Community members are invited to share feedback on the proposed Housing Bonus Ordinance. All comments received will be incorporated into the public record.

Staff will present the proposed amendment application and a summary of all public comments received during the November 9, 2020 Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing. Community members are also encouraged to provide public testimony during this hearing.

The Planning & Zoning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council for approval, denial, or modification of the proposed ordinance.

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