Inclusionary Housing: Tales from the Front


  • How to articulate the role that inclusionary zoning plays — and can play — in the bigger affordable-housing and equity picture
  • How to make a list of tasks and key steps that are required to develop or revise an inclusionary-housing policy in your community, including necessary consultant and staff work
  • How to connect with other planners and housing professionals about the affordable-housing needs in your community, and how inclusionary zoning can contribute to your goals


Planners across the country are facing a housing-equity dilemma: as our urban economies grow, who gets to take part and who has to struggle to stay in place? Inclusionary housing — requiring market-rate developments to provide affordable units or contribute housing fees – originated in response to racially exclusionary zoning policies. As urban housing markets have tightened, the policy has grown into a critical affordable-housing tool in many cities. Explore the lessons learned from some of the most ambitious and innovative efforts of recent years. New York City adopted a pioneering mandatory inclusionary housing policy in 2015 that requires permanent affordable housing wherever new housing capacity is approved. Last year, San Francisco overhauled its longstanding policy to serve middle-income residents for the first time. Across the country, from Seattle to Atlanta, inclusionary housing is getting a fresh look from planners and policy makers. National housing experts and planners from cities on the front lines of the affordability crisis discuss the renewed nationwide interest in inclusionary housing. Learn how these policies work, how they fit into the broader housing picture, and what this could mean in your community.