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Inclusionary Zoning to Achieve Economic and Racial Integration

By Valerie Feldman

Inclusionary zoning offers housing as well as access to better education, economic opportunities, transportation, and more environmentally sound development for households of all income levels. Legal Services of Northern California contributed to the passage of Sacramento County’s inclusionary zoning ordinance, which provided for a set-aside for extremely low-income households. A coalition of stakeholders, including LSNC, discovered that applicability, enforceability, possible buyouts and in-lieu fees, and long-term affordability were among the factors determining an ordinance’s effectiveness.

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