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Mixed-Income TOD site boasts updated case studies

The online Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development Action Guide at MITOD.org has been updated to include a number of additional case studies in the site's extensive Tools section.

Updated case studies include:

TOOL: COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS

Laconia, New Hampshire.
The Laconia Area Community Land Trust (CLT) has a number of initiatives geared to provide access to land, housing and economic opportunities for low to moderate-income families.

Seattle, Washington
Homestead Community Land Trust, incorporated in 1992, creates permanently affordable homes and offers households ongoing support to homeowners to avoid foreclosure.

TOOL: CONDOMINIUM CONVERSION CONTROLS

Brookline, Massachusetts
In 2006, Brookline, MA revised its bylaws on condominium conversion to give more protection to tenants.

TOOL: FAST TRACK PERMITTING

Massachusetts
About 15 years ago, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) instituted a program called Fast Track Permitting.

TOOL: FEE WAIVERS, REDUCTIONS, DEFERRALS

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM, has created an overall affordable housing program that includes development incentives, inclusionary zoning, and the use of a general obligation.

TOOL: FIRST-RIGHT-OF-REFUSAL LAWS FOR TENANTS AND NONPROFITS

Montgomery County, Maryland
Montgomery County, MD, and its' public housing/housing finance agency, the Housing Opportunity Commission (HOC), have the right to match contracts on rental facilities built before 1981 or on rental buildings sold for condominium conversions.

TOOL: IMPROVE TRANSIT KNOWLEDGE

Burbank, California
Burbank Transportation Management Organization (BTMO) combines land use, transportation, air quality and energy planning and programming to create solutions that address transportation problems and congestion during peak hours.

TOOL: INCENTIVE-BASED ZONING

Massachusetts
In 2004, Massachusetts passed Chapter 40R, the Smart Growth Zoning Overlay District Act in order to create incentives for the production of higher density housing in existing city centers and towns, near transit, or where infrastructure or location makes mixed use or residential development suitable.

Denver, Colorado
Owner occupied residential development sites of 30 or more units must provide 10 percent affordable housing.

Chicago, Illinois
In Chicago, a downtown density bonus program offers bonus square footage to residential developers in exchange for providing affordable housing on-site or making a contribution to an affordable housing fund.

TOOL: INCLUSIONARY ZONING

Jamaica Plain, Boston
In 2004, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) unanimously passed a proposal creating inclusionary zoning in which housing developers of 10 units or more were required to make 13 percent of the units affordable to households earning between 80 percent to 120 percent of the Boston Area Median Income.

Napa County, California
Napa County, CA, requires that all affordable units developed as a result of its inclusionary zoning ordinance be built with quality materials and with appropriate unit size and design comparable to market rate units.

TOOL: LAND BANKING

Genesee County, Michigan
Genesee County, MI, has had a successful land-banking program and have acquired the title to more than 3,400 land parcels in Genesee County.

Cuyahoga County, Ohio
In 2009, the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (CCLRC) formed in order to restore real estate markets and protect the county's tax base while transforming the abandoned and vacant homes into assets for the people who lived in the community.

TOOL: LIMITED EQUITY HOUSING CO-OPS

Davis, California
In 1985-1986, the Dos Pinos Housing Cooperative Inc. was developed as a 60-unit non-subsidized limited-equity housing cooperative (LEHC), the first unsubsidized LEHC of its kind in California.

New York City, New York
New York City devised a plan to create affordable housing options for buyers who earn a certain percentage of the area median income.

TOOL: PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT FOR RENOVATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Oregon
The Oregon Single Family New Construction Limited Tax Abatement (LTA) program allows cities to abate property taxes on the improvement value of newly constructed homes in targeted neighborhoods purchased by income-eligible homebuyers.

Illinois
In 2002, Illinois created a special real estate tax classification in order to preserve the availability of rental homes made affordable through Section 8 contracts.

TOOL: PUBLIC LAND DEDICATION OR WRITE-DOWNS

Chester, Pennsylvania
In recent years, the City has began to develop its' waterfront area and is looking to locate more businesses and attractions in the area. As this development takes places, the City must deal with retaining the integrity of the community and combat the issue of rising costs of living and displacement of long-time residents.

TOOL: REGULATORY ACCOMODATIONS FOR SMALL SITES

Phoenix, Arizona
A housing program established in 1995, encourages infill development in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tacoma, Washington
Tacoma encourages multi-family infill housing development through a property tax incentive.

TOOL: TAX FORGIVENESS FOR BACK TAXES ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY SITES

Georgia
Georgia is one of the few states that has adopted legislation expediting the tax foreclosure process and enabling the formation of public land bank authorities.

New York City, New York
In 1996, New York City adopted Local Law 37, which allows the Commissioner of Finance to sell tax liens on tax-delinquent residential buildings and the City to convey distressed properties directly to responsible third parties without taking the title.

TOOL: TOD-TARGETED HOMEOWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE

Montgomery County, Maryland
Montgomery County, Maryland places a 30-year restriction on homeownership units that are a part of the County's inclusionary housing program.

Austin, Texas
In Austin, the HOME program funds down payment assistance loans above $10,000, which have an extended affordability period of 30 years.

MITOD.org is designed to help local jurisdictions, planners and other stakeholders develop strategies to encourage mixed-income transit-oriented development (TOD) around planned transit stations. Jointly developed by the Federal Transit Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through a cooperative agreement with the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, the guide was created in response to a request from the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations issued with the "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008." The guide is a major product of federal efforts to better coordinate transportation and housing programs to promote affordable housing near transit.