Workforce & Affordable Housing Incentives and Mitigations
The proposed amendments to the Land Development Code were adopted by City Council on May 17, 2022. The amendments became effective on June 8, 2022.
The purpose of the proposed Land Development Code Amendment AMD22-1 is to implement recommendations from the 2022 Housing Needs Assessment to address the lack of workforce and affordable housing in the community by creating development incentives for workforce and affordable housing and by adding mitigation standards for consideration during an upzone and/or annexation request. The proposed amendments also implement the 2019 Affordable Housing Strategic Plan recommendations.
The Housing Needs Assessment recommends that in addition to implementing the 2019 Affordable Housing Strategic Plan that cities consider:
- Negotiating housing exactions during annexations and zone changes;
- Developing a density bonus program;
- Encouraging more multi-family and attached housing;
- Restricting short-term rentals;
- Reviewing parking, setbacks, lot sizes, and other standards to ensure efficient use of land.
The proposed Driggs LDC amendments are the first round of effort that would address the above recommendations through four categories:
- Annexation & Zone Change Exaction for Affordable Housing;
- Subdivision Density Bonus for Affordable Housing;
- Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Density Bonus for Workforce Housing;
- Short-Term Rental Limitation of 1 Per Property.
The proposed amendments will be considered through the following process:
- Open House: March 22, 2022 at Driggs City Hall Foyer 2-4pm and 6-8pm
- Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing: April 13, 2022 6pm - Staff Report
- City Council Public Hearing: May 17, 2022 6pm- Staff Report
- Adopted: May 17, 2022
- Effective: June 8, 2022
Proposed Driggs Land Development Code (LDC) Amendment Details
As detailed in the 2022 Housing Needs Assessment, there is a severe shortage of affordable housing in the community, which impacts private and public employers, levels of service and the economic health and vibrancy of the community. According to the Housing Needs Assessment, to address the amount of housing needed to catch up to current shortfalls and keep up with future job growth, at least 60% of the approximately 1,165 to 1,560 homes needed by 2027 in the county will need to be priced below market. The number of for sale and rental units needed in Teton County, Idaho in the next five years are shown below by Area Median Income category for 3-person households.