Arizona Legislature looks to ban local low-income, affordable housing quotas

A low-income housing complex in Phoenix.
A low-income housing complex in Phoenix.

By Mike Sunnucks |Phoenix Business Journal

A measure at the Arizona Legislature would ban cities from requiring developers to set aside a percentage of new or refurbished units for low-income or moderate-income housing.

So-called ‘inclusionary zoning’ ordinances are common in California and on the East Coast and have been put in place in Oregon, Colorado, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Senate Bill 1072 looks to keep those affordable housing rules from coming to Arizona via a statewide prohibition.

Some real estate industry groups back the ban saying it imposes price controls on a percentage of new housing development and discourages in-fill or rehabilitation projects. They also argue Phoenix doesn’t have an affordable housing issue compared to California or East Coast cities like Philadelphia and Washington.

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