Voluntary Mixed Income Housing Development Program

The Voluntary Mixed Income Housing Development Program was approved by City Council in 2013 as an incentive to private sector housing developers to build affordable housing units.

This program seeks to encourage housing diversity in mixed-income housing developments in targeted locations through a voluntary, incentive-based density bonus within the R-3, R-4, R-5, and R-6 single family zoning districts and the R-8MF and R-12MF multi-family zoning districts.

The goals of this program are to:

  1. Incentivize private sector development of affordable housing,
  2. Disperse affordable housing within the community,
  3. Encourage a range of housing types and income levels, and
  4. Increase opportunities for people to age in place.

 

Mixed Income Housing Development is defined as a planned, single development that has a percentage of the dwelling units targeted to income levels at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) and developed according to an approved preliminary site plan.

The Housing Partnership will administer the program. This will include monitoring program compliance and educating developers regarding the requirements and benefits of the program.

 

Interested developers may start the process and/or find out more about the program by emailing the Housing Partnership at vmidp@cmhp.org or by calling 704-342-0933. Developers should also review the plan review process, and they should check the geographic requirements to ensure that the proposed development is located within a targeted area.

 

The City of Charlotte requires all subdivisions to be submitted electronically. Submittals must be uploaded to its Accela Citizens Access https://aca.accela.com/charlotte/Default.aspx.

Program Criteria

The development shall be located within Census block groups in Charlotte’s Sphere of Influence that are at or above the median home values for all Census block groups in Charlotte’s Sphere of Influence. The median home value will be based on the US Census Bureau, American Community Survey five year average estimates. This will be reassessed every five years by Planning staff.

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Single Family-Program Criteria

Mixed Income Housing Developments are allowed in all single family residential districts except the R-8 in accordance with the following regulations:
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Density Bonus

A density bonus of up to three (3) units per acre above the base density will be permitted for Mixed Income Housing Developments.

Locational Criteria

The development shall be located within Census block groups in Charlotte's Sphere of Influence that are at or above the median home values for all Census block groups in Charlotte's Sphere of Influence. The median home value will be based on the US Census Bureau, American Community Survey five year average estimates. This will be reassessed every five years by Planning staff.

Affordability Set-Aside

(i) A minimum of 50% of the additional units allowed by the density bonus must target income levels at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). AMI is updated annually by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. (ii) The number of units targeted to income levels at or below 80% of AMI shall not exceed 25% of the total number of dwelling units in the development. (iii) Period of affordability shall be 15 years for rental properties, and the City or a nonprofit shall have first right of refusal for for-sale properties.

Development Standards

(i) Development size must be a minimum of one (1) acre. (ii) The minimum lot size and lot width for single family detached dwellings shall comply with Section 9.205 9 (d) of the City Code

Design Guidelines

(i) All dwelling units within the development must externally blend in architecturally with other units to include materials and style (i.e., roof pitches, foundations, window types, and building materials). (ii) The units targeted to income levels at or below 80% of AMI shall be dispersed within the development.

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Multi-Family-Program Criteria

Mixed Income Housing Development Density Bonus. A density bonus shall be permitted for a Planned Multi-Family Development that is developed as a Mixed Income Housing Development as defined in Section 2.202 in the R-8MF and R-12MF zoning districts in accordance with the following regulations:
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Locational Criteria

The development shall be located within Census block groups in Charlotte's Sphere of lnfluence that are at or above the median home value for all Census block groups in Charlotte's Sphere of lnfluence. The median home value will be based on the US Census Bureau, American Community Survey five year average estimates. This will be reassessed every five years by Planning staff.

Incentives/Offsets

(i) Allow up to two (2) units per acre above the base density within the R-8MF district (up to 10 dwelling units per acre). (ii) Allow up to three (3) units per acre above the base density within the R-12MF district (up to 15 dwelling units per acre). (iii) Allow an additional two (2) units per acre above the base density if located within 1/4 mile of transit (rapid transit, local bus service, or an express bus service park and ride lot).

Affordability Set-Aside

(i) A minimum of 50% of the additional units allowed by the density bonus must target income levels at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). AMI is updated annually by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. (ii) A minimum of 50% of those units indicated above take out this code section since you do not refer to other code sections must target income levels at or below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). (iii) The number of units targeted to income levels at or below 80% of AMI shall not exceed 20% of the total number of dwelling units in the development. (iv) Period of affordability shall be 15 years for rental properties, and the City or a nonprofit shall have first right of refusal for for-sale properties.

Design Guidelines

(i) All building units within the development must externally blend in architecturally with other units to include materials and style (i.e., roof pitches, foundations, window types, and building materials). (ii) The units targeted to income levels at or below 80% of AMI shall be dispersed within the development. (iii) If there are more than 25 units targeted for income levels at or below 80% of AMI, then those units may be contained in a single structure. Please see below for more information on the qualifying geographies and ordinance requirements within the single family and multi-family zoning districts.

Development Standards

(i) Development size must be a minimum of three (3) acres.