Strategy #1: Establish a Housing Land Trust
A land trust is a common way to acquire land and create permanent housing. It supports the development of a variety of housing types, allowing for homeownership and rental opportunities for income-restricted households.
The City of Boise is proposing the following criteria; however, this is not final and could change as we explore this tool further.
- Total investment: $20 million
- $10 million in public funding (cash or land contributions)
- $10 million in private/philanthropic funding (cash or land contributions)
- Total units: 50-1,000
- Land would remain an asset of the trust
Strategy #2: Align Public + Private Funding and Resources
This tool would allow the city to prioritize and maximize housing affordability in policy and investment throughout the city by leveraging existing and new partnerships.
- Potential Partners
- Capital City Development Corporation
- Urban Renewal Tax Increment Financing
- Participation Program
- Idaho Housing and Finance Association
- National Housing Trust Fund
- Low-Income Housing Tax Credits
- Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority
- Section 8 Project-Based Investments
- Bond Financing
- City of Boise
- Energize Our Neighborhoods
- Community Development Block Grant Program
- HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Through existing partnerships, the city has already made significant strides in housing affordability, examples include:
- Adare Manor
- New Path Community Housing
- Valor Pointe
The Housing Incentive Program provides financial incentive to encourage private development of more affordable housing options. Initially, the program only applied to downtown Boise. The new proposal is to expand the program throughout the city and provide an incentive for affordable units only.
The expanded Housing Incentive Program would provide financial incentive for the creation of rental and homeownership housing affordable to individuals and families earning at or below 80% area median income.
The goal is to have 500 units built by 2024.
Strategy #4: Maximize Land Use Allowances
This tool would allow the city to modify the standards in various sections of the zoning code to influence or incentivize housing and change zoning on specific properties to increase allowed density. There are several ways this can be accomplished:
- The City of Boise recently voted to approve modifications to accessory dwelling units.
- Increase maximum size allowance to 700 square feet or 10 percent of the parcel size (currently limited to 600 square feet)
- Allow two-bedroom ADUs (currently limited to one bedroom)
- Clarifying that two-bedroom ADUs must have at least one dedicated parking space on-site or on an immediately adjacent street with no exceptions (current requirements of one parking space per ADU can be waived depending on individual situations)
- Decrease minimum lot size and increase maximum density in most common residential zones.
- R-1C: Reduce minimum lot size and increase density from 8 to 10 units per acre.
- R-2D: Reduce minimum lot size and increase density from 14 to 20 units per acre.
- Small footprint housing density bonus
- Grant 50% density bonus for small footprint housing developments in single-family residential zones (smaller than 700 square feet).
- Eliminate conventional residential density allowances
- Base some residential density allowances on Floor Area Ratio rather than units per acre.
- New zoning classifications
- Create new mixed-use and other urban zones that emphasize higher residential densities.