Community Development




WHAT IS INCLUSIONARY HOUSING?

The City of Long Beach Inclusionary Housing Policy (Policy) requires that a certain percentage of newly-constructed housing units in certain areas of Long Beach be set aside as affordable to lower-income households. The Policy is designed to facilitate the production of mixed-income housing, meaning developments that include both market rate and affordable housing. Inclusionary Housing is one of many tools the City is using to ensure that Long Beach residents have access to affordable housing.

The City Council adopted the Policy in February 2021. The Policy was implemented over a three-year phase-in period and currently requires 11 percent of rental units in new housing development projects to be affordable to very low-income households and 10 percent of ownership units to be affordable to moderate-income households. The Policy applies to new residential developments with 10 or more units in the Downtown (PD-30) and Midtown (SP-1) areas in Long Beach.


WHAT’S NEW?

City staff are proposing potential future amendments to the policy, including expanding Inclusionary Housing citywide, which is one of the primary commitments the City made to the California Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) as part of the City’s Housing Element to help address documented fair housing issues in Long Beach.

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HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

In May 2017, the Long Beach City Council directed staff to develop an inclusionary housing policy to encourage the development of mixed-income housing. The City completed an economic feasibility study and conducted a series of community outreach and stakeholder engagement events in 2019.

On February 20, 2020, the Planning Commission received City staff's recommended Inclusionary Housing Policy components and recommended that the City Council adopt an ordinance enacting an inclusionary housing policy. For more information please refer to the full Planning Commission agenda item.

The proposed Inclusionary Housing Policy recommended by the Planning Commission was presented to City Council in a public hearing on June 9, 2020. Following direction on the policy by the City Council, an Ordinance was prepared and the City Council adopted the Policy in February 2021. In February 2022, the City Council adopted several modifications to refine the Policy, such as extending the affordability covenants.

The policy is one of many tools the City is utilizing to ensure that Long Beach residents have access to affordable housing.

Two community meetings were held in December 2018 to introduce the concept of inclusionary housing. The City hosted a community workshop in June 2019 to present the results of an economic analysis and inclusionary housing policy considerations listed in the Topics for Feedback below.

The City hosted separate stakeholder focus groups for tenant advocates and for market-rate developers in early August 2019. A Planning Commission study session that included a presentation of the recently completed Inclusionary Housing: Financial Evaluation and the latest opportunity for public comment followed on August 22, 2019.

Links to the community workshop and Planning Commission study session presentations and supporting documents follow.