DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING

Inclusionary Zoning Overlay District (IZOD)

Public Hearing Information 

A public hearing for the Inclusionary Zoning Overlay District in Lawrenceville has been set for June 2, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. City Council will hear public testimony on the creation of the district. If passed, new construction or renovation projects including 20 or more units for sale or rent must affordably price 10 percent of those units.

To register for public comment: 

NOTE: Written comments are not read at the meeting. All comments must be registered by 9 a.m. on June 2.

 

Inclusionary Zoning Overlay District Text

Click here to read the proposed text.

 

Inclusionary Zoning Overlay District Boundary 

The IZOD boundary is generally defined by properties located in the Lower, Central, and Upper Lawrenceville neighborhoods.  

Inclusionary Zoning Overlay District map

 

What is a Zoning Overlay District?

A Zoning Overlay District provides additional zoning controls in a specific area of the City where existing zoning doesn’t provide sufficient standards for the area’s current activities. A Zoning Overlay District does not change an area’s base zoning.

 

What is Inclusionary Zoning (IZ)?

Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) is an ordinance that ensure neighborhoods can offer new housing units at a variety of price points by tying the construction of affordable housing to that of market-rate housing. It is used in a variety of cities across the country, and was identified by Pittsburgh’s Affordable Housing Task Force to address the shortage of affordable dwelling units.

 

Supplemental Information

 

How does Inclusionary Zoning work? 

Inclusionary zoning requires new residential developments to make a percentage of the units affordable to low- or moderate-income residents. It can be mandatory – in which the developer is required to provide affordable units – or incentivized, in which developers provide affordable units in exchange for increases in building height, reduction of parking requirements, etc. 

 

Is Inclusionary Zoning new for Pittsburgh? 

No. In 2019, with the partnership of District 7 Councilwoman, Deb Gross, and Lawrenceville community organizations, the City piloted the Inclusionary Housing Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD-6) in Lawrenceville. This IPOD was a temporary tool to ensure that the neighborhood would continue to be one of choice for people with a variety of incomes. Since its adoption in September of 2019, the IPOD-6 has been responsible for the creation of 40 units of affordably priced housing. 

Additionally, Pittsburgh already has incentivized inclusionary zoning in its Uptown and Riverfront neighborhoods. In these districts, developers in these areas can increase building height or proximity to the riverfront by including affordable dwelling units. 

 

What projects in Lawrenceville would be affected by Inclusionary Zoning? 

Inclusionary Zoning would apply to new construction or major renovation of projects that include 20 or more residential units for sale or for rent. It would not apply to renovation or construction of single-family homes. It would also not apply to renovation or construction of buildings with fewer than 20 residential units.

Projects that meet the size threshold would need to price 10% of the dwelling units affordably (rounding up if a fraction).   

 

What do you mean by “affordable”? 

Rent or Sale prices are based at certain percentages of the Area Median Income (AMI), which is defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Department and varies by household size. Inclusionary rental units will be set aside for households earning no more than 50% of AMI. Inclusionary for-sale units will be set aside for households earning no more than 80% of AMI. Inclusionary units will be priced at no more than 30% of income, based on these AMI standards. For example, using these pricing standards, a two-bedroom unit would rent for no more than $934 (including utilities).