Regulatory incentives are one method that jurisdictions can encourage the production and preservation of affordable housing units. These tools make affordable units more attractive compared to market rate units or make the provision of affordable units more feasible by offering valuable concessions, reducing expenses, or removing regulatory requirements. Regulatory incentives are not mandatory, and offer relief from zoning standards, fees, or review processes as opposed to offering direct financial support through other types of incentives. Like all incentives, calibrating the value of the incentive and base entitlement is critical so that the incentive is advantageous. Additionally, regulatory incentives may be explicitly allowed or permitted based upon a discretionary process.
Where Are They Being Used?
The map illustrates regulatory incentives currently utilized by jurisdictions with populations greater than 20,000 people in the Portland metro area. Regulatory incentives that are offered at the discretion of review boards or elected officials or those that may be permitted through policies unrelated to affordable housing are not included.
For More Information
A summary of regulatory incentives currently utilized by metro area jurisdictions as illustrated on the map below. To view a summary of the regulatory incentives available in each jurisdiction, click here for a comparative matrix.For complete information, please contact the appropriate jurisdiction.