- BL2015-1139 - establishes a mandated tool (inclusionary zoning) and a percentage target of 14% affordable and workforce housing to be built throughout the county; directs the Metro Planning Department to submit such a plan to the Metro Planning Commission and the Metro Council
- BL2015-1147 - establishes a flexible process without a required target to address affordable and workforce housing needs and requests Metro Planning Department to work with a consultant to submit such a plan to the Metro Planning Commission and Metro Council
Chamber Position - Opposes 1139 and supports 1147
The need for more affordable and workforce housing has emerged as a key issue for the Chamber and its members. The Chamber of Commerce supports BL2015-1147 as the best solution and process to frame affordable and workforce housing solutions for Nashville. It opposes BL2015-1139 because it sets, without taking into account intended and unintended consequences and without business input, a mandated tool (inclusionary zoning) that is to be used with a pre-existing percentage target for affordable and workforce housing stock to be built throughout the county.
Oppose 1139 because
- In the broad sense, 1139 mandates an outcome before needs are even identified;
- 1139 directs housing and zoning policy by identifying a tool to be used (inclusionary zoning) and by mandating a goal to be met using that tool;
- 1139 does not allow the city the opportunity to responsibly assess housing needs throughout the county before a mandated tool such as inclusionary zoning is identified as "the" tool to be used;
- 1139 can hurt investment opportunities in Nashville when the goal is to broaden investment opportunities and housing stock in Davidson County;
- 1139 did not gather input from those who are impacted most - the housing industry and the business community who would have welcomed the opportunity to be at the table in framing housing solutions;
- 1139 directs the Metro Planning Department to create a housing plan based on the mandated percentage goal.
Support 1147 because
- it outlines an open inclusive process to assess housing needs
- It is not limited by a mandated goal and can explore all opportunities for solutions