Grand Rapids Passes New Affordable Housing Ordinance Package
The City of Grand Rapids passed a package of zoning ordinance changes to assist with the development of more affordable housing in the city. The new ordinances are aimed at implementing, in part, the Housing Now recommendations from May 1, 2017.
The three changes as passed include:
- Allowing two-family dwellings on corner lots with administrative approval. The change also reduces the minimum lot size.
- Creating a density bonus for the development of housing where the unit price is at or below 30% of the Area Median Income. Bonuses are also available for those developing near a transit route.
- Allowing accessory dwellings in neighborhoods with a qualitative review. An example would be a space over an existing garage converted to a rental unit.
The changes could open up development of over 7,000 lots in the City of Grand Rapids for more affordable housing alternatives.