Housing Choice Matters
A City for Everyone includes housing options at price points affordable to all who choose to call Boise home. The Housing Bonus Ordinance is a necessary tool in the City of Boise’s comprehensive approach to housing affordability. It helps increase the number of affordable units, targets areas for housing growth and preserve existing buildings to expand housing supply.
The Housing Bonus Ordinance offers incentives to property owners who:
- Develop or preserve affordable housing
- Develop housing along designated roadways and/or activity centers
- Reuse an existing building/structure for affordable housing
Property owners who meet these criteria may be eligible for the following incentives:
- Density flexibility
- Additional building height
- Parking reduction
- Streamlined review process
View the Story Map to see the designated areas across the city where the different incentives apply.
How We Got Here
In 2018 and 2019, the City of Boise conducted a series of strategic planning sessions with the community to better understand the dynamics of housing in our city, including areas of opportunities, resident needs and current gaps in the city’s housing strategy. Housing affordability was the main concern. This tool is one of several the City of Boise is investing in to improve housing affordability in our community.
The Housing Bonus Ordinance adds a new section into Boise City Code Chapter 11-06-03.4. It was approved by Boise Mayor and City Council on January 12, 2021 and went into effect on February 15, 2021.
For more information on the Housing Bonus Ordinance, please contact us.