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Interim affordable housing fees OK’d

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In an effort to protect the city’s requirement that developers provide affordable housing units in their developments or pay an lieu-fee, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced legislation that would transform the existing requirements into a development-impact fee based system.

That, they say, would shield The City’s affordable housing program from any legal threats as a result of a recent court ruling.

The legislation will “address the recent court decision that significantly jeopardizes our city’s affordable housing inclusionary program,” Chiu said.

The legislation was adopted Monday by the board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee and sent to the full board for a vote Tuesday.

The bill would “modify the current inclusionary housing program into a fee-based program that requires all the projects to pay an affordable housing fee to the mayor’s office of housing,” Chiu said, in a way that would “neither reduce nor eliminate affordable housing requirements nor for that matter increase [them].”

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In the coming months a permanent proposal will be debated.

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