Housing Developments at the Ballot Box: Does Enough Inclusionary Make The Difference?

Davis, my favourite “slow growth/de-growth” town, has passed its second YIMBY verdict on a housing development proposal in 2018.  This one concerns a truly peripheral senior housing development with ample on-site inclusionary senior housing and a grab-bag of on-site amenities, including a wellness centre, pool and restaurant.  More importantly, the site has waaaay more inclusionary senior housing than it’s required to.  In fact, it’s at 46% inclusionary, which must mean the developer’s affordable partner anticipates getting a wad of tax credits plus some other subsidy.

Prior to 2018, Davis voters had voted down four housing proposals under the city’s unique development ballot box voting tool, Measure R.  It’s too small a sample to say anything definitively, but I think it’s worth noting that the two measures that passed in 2018 both had very strong inclusionary housing components that probably improved their ballot-box appeal. 

Published by mattdpalm

Doctoral Student UC Davis USDOT Graduate Eisenhower Fellow 2014-2015

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