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    Cities with mixed-income housing objectives for neighborhood growth

    Does anyone know of some specific medium-sized cities (preferably midwestern) that have specific mixed-income housing objectives maybe called for in their master plans or in housing policies? I've looked at Toledo, Akron, Columbus, Madison and Harrisburg and haven't found much. Plans could be very broad or very detailed. I'm beginning my research and just looking to see what other cities are doing to address or implement this type of housing. Anyone know of a contact that would be very willing to give me some information? Thanks.

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    Madison inclusionary zoning

    City of Madison (Wisconsin) has an inclusionary zoning ordinance for new residential developments. Also, the city is in the middle of completing its comprehensive plan, so I would expect the issue to be included in housing and land use goals. The city's website should have a thorough discussion of the inclusionary zoning requirement.

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    I know it's not a Midwestern locale, but Montgomery County, MD has an inclusionary housing program for residential developments.
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    thanks for the info....i have found some information on both inclusionary zoning laws from some online news sources.

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    Be sure to check New Jersey's Mt. Laurel I and II.

    Here's a link that might be helpful -- http://www.bpichicago.org/rah/ejul.html

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    inclusionary zoning housing characteristics

    Is anyone aware of where I could find some information about some specific characteristics of developments made under inclusionary zoning. Just some things like styles, sizes, # of units, whether or not the affordable units are integrated or seperate from the market rate units within the development? Thanks.

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    The St. Lawrence neighbourhood in Toronto is a mixed income area. I can scan and email an article from Plan Canada journal if you like.

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    There is a mixed income devleopment in Kalamazoo Michigan. I don't know a lot of details but I'm sure if you call the City of Kalamazoo Planning Dept they could give you some more info.

    Here is what I know. It is a devleopment located in the Edison neighborhood behind the Post Office and Greenhouses on Miller Road.

    I know that it has some duplex units that are low/mod income rentals then there are some townhouses locate on the Hill that overlook the city that are available for purchase.

    The devleopment is nearly finished or just fininshed in the last 6 months.

    If you called the City they might beable to help you more. Sorry for the skecthy details.

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    The Mass. Housing Partnership has a website which tells the story of how a number of mixed-income projects were developed, and discusses how low-income housing was included into the design.
    http://www.mhp.net/community/affordable_housing.php

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    Quote Originally posted by erosenda
    Is anyone aware of where I could find some information about some specific characteristics of developments made under inclusionary zoning. Just some things like styles, sizes, # of units, whether or not the affordable units are integrated or seperate from the market rate units within the development? Thanks.
    The Ashley Mews project in Ann Arbor had a requirement for a specific number of affordable units to be constructed within this 7-story downtown development, back in 2001. Recent discussion about the project in general, at Ann Arbor is Overrated. The official Ashley Mews website.

    Visit the Arbor Update blog and read this great article about Ann Arbor's affordable housing requirement:

    A2 Council to hear two affordable housing cash-outs

    20 November 04

    Earlier this Fall, the City Council approved a measure to reduce the requirement that developments in PUD zones (Planned Unit Development) make 20% of housing units “affordable”. The new requirement allows developers to pay into the city’s affordable housing trust fund instead of providing the units, with the city to use the money to subsidize affordable housing construction...
    And for a little perspective about the goings-on about downtown livability in downtown Ann Arbor, be sure to check out the official City Downtown Residential Task Force website complete with meeting minutes and reports.

    And finally, there may be a few clues to your questions in the City of Ann Arbor's Consolidated Plan. It expires this June.

    I hope this helps.

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    City West in Cincinnati has been relatively successful.

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