Tallahassee City Commission to Adopt New Housing Ordinance

Recently, the commission made it clear that in some form, a new ordinance is going to be adopted that will help create more homes that lower income families can purchase.

Inclusionary housing is a method for local governments to address affordable housing issues, but specifically for the City of Tallahassee, the lack there of.

"We're going to try to create a method so when new developments come on line, there will be a certain amount of affordable housing."

The inclusionary housing ordinance that's being proposed says if a new subdivision of 50 homes or more is built, 10 percent of the lots have to be set aside as affordable homes for purchase.

"The homes would go for no more than $160,000."

There is some support for the ordinance, but there appears to be more opposition to the proposal.

“We think builders will avoid the ordinance at all costs whether that means building only 49 units to stay below the threshold or going to other counties.”

"If a development is big enough, it should be able to accommodate a range of housing. We're not talking low income; we're talking in the range of $150,000 to $170,000.”

The city has said in some way or another this ordinance will pass. Now, it's just a matter of who wants to help give input and who will choose to be left out in the cold.

The city said Wednesday night the plan is to wait and not make any decisions related to the inclusionary housing ordinance until February.