Development Activities Meeting Scheduled for Dec 8

Meeting Date & Time: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 // 6.30 PM via ZOOM.

Meeting Access: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84924929831

or by phone: + 1.301.715.8592
with Webinar ID: 849 2432 9831

The Department of CIty Planning will be presenting on legislation to expand the boundaries of the Inclusionary Housing Overlay District (IZ-O) from its existing area in Lawrenceville to Bloomfield and Polish Hill. This expansion would involve a map amendment. As both Polish Hill and Bloomfield are represented by Registered Community Organizations, a Development Activities Meeting is required for the proposed IZ-O expansion to proceed.

What is this proposal?

The proposal is that moving forward, new construction or renovation projects that produce 20 or more units (for sale or for rent) in Bloomfield or Polish Hill must price 10% of those units affordably.

The Inclusionary Zoning Overlay District would not apply to renovation or construction of less than 20 housing units.

Map of Polish Hill and Bloomfield neighborhoods.

The neighborhoods to which the Inclusionary Housing Overlay District may apply.

Why did I get a postcard?

You got a postcard because you own property within Bloomfield or Polish Hill, OR because you own property within 150 feet of those neighborhoods' boundaries.

When we are proposing a change to zoning, we are required by law to inform people who own properties in the areas where the zone change would apply, or people who own properties within 150 feet of the proposed zone change.

What is a Zoning Overlay District (IZ-O)?

A Zoning Overlay District is applied to a specific geographic area of the City. It DOES NOT change an area's base zoning. It DOES provide additional zoning controls in a specific area where existing zoning doesn't provide sufficient standards for the area's current activities.

What is Inclusionary Zoning?

Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) ensures neighborhoods can offer new housing units at a variety of price points by tying the construction of affordable housing to that of market rate housing.

IZ is used in a variety of cities across the country, and was identified by Pittsburgh's Affordable Housing Task Force to address the City's shortage of affordable dwelling units.

Pittsburgh's first permanent Inclusionary Housing Overlay District was adopted in Lawrenceville in 2021, after two years as a temporary measure.

Where can I read the IZ Overlay District zoning text?

How does the IZ-O work?

The IZ-O requires new residential developments to make a percentage of the units affordable to low- or moderate-income residents.

Is Inclusionary Zoning new for Pittsburgh?

No. In 2019, with the partnership of District 7 Councilwoman, Deb Gross, and Lawrenceville community organizations, the City piloted the Inclusionary Housing Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD-6) in Lawrenceville. This IPOD was a temporary tool to ensure that the neighborhood would continue to be one of choice for people with a variety of incomes. Since its adoption in September 2019, the IPOD-6 has been responsible for the creation of 40 affordably priced housing units.

The Inclusionary Housing Overlay District was made permanent in 2021.

Additionally, Pittsburgh has incentivized inclusionary zoning in its Uptown and Riverfront neighborhoods. In these districts, developers can increase building height or build closer to the river by including affordably priced dwelling units.

What do you mean by "Affordable Housing"?

Rent or Sale prices are based at certain percentages of the Area Median Income (AMI), which is defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Department and varies by household size. Inclusionary rental units will be set aside for households earning no more than 50% of AMI. Inclusionary for-sale units will be set aside for households earning no more than 80% of AMI. Inclusionary units will be priced at no more than 30% of income, based on these AMI standards.

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