Text Amendments - Affordable Housing Incentives

Welcome to the project page for City-initiated text amendments to Title 11 (Zoning) and Title 12 (Subdivisions) of the Geneva Municipal Code related to incentives for the creation of affordable housing within the City of Geneva.

On Jun. 10, 2019, the Committee of the Whole of the City Council held a policy discussion regarding affordable housing in the City of Geneva.  At the meeting, staff reviewed the City’s past planning efforts in relation to affordable housing, the Affordable Housing Planning and Appeals Act, and potential strategies to create affordable housing in Geneva. 

A second policy discussion was held on Aug. 26, 2019, where affordable housing strategies were reviewed in more detail. At the conclusion of the discussion, the Committee directed staff to draft incentives for the creation of affordable housing.  The proposed incentives require amendments to Title 11 (Zoning) and Title 12 (Subdivisions), which require a public hearing and consideration by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  

Public Hearing - Dec. 12

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on Dec. 12. The public hearing was closed and, after deliberation, the Commission recommended approval of the proposed amendments.    

The Planning and Zoning Commission understood the direction provided by the Committee of the Whole was to establish incentives to encourage the development of affordable housing in Geneva. However, it is the Commission’s opinion that due to the limited number of opportunities for residential development in Geneva, the City should require a portion of each new development to provide affordable housing or pay a fee in lieu of providing affordable units. The Commission recommended the City Council direct staff to bring forward inclusionary housing requirements for the Planning and Zoning Commission’s consideration.

Finally, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that if approved by the City Council, the proposed affordable housing incentives should be reviewed annually for their effectiveness. 

City Council - Jan. 6

The City Council approved the proposed amendments as presented at its Monday, Jan. 6 meeting. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Community Development Department Staff. 

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