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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.

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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].”

In the coming months a permanent proposal will be debated.

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