False Claim #3 – “It removes single family zoning from the city.”
The Truth: Single-family homes are still allowed in all zones (except public open spaces).
False Claim #4 – “It does nothing to improve affordability.”
The Truth: The housing affordability crisis is driven by a shortage of homes.
We need a greater number and variety of housing types, and the new code legalizes more affordable options. The United Way, Neighbor to Neighbor, CARE Housing, Housing Catalyst, and Habitat for Humanity all publicly support the new land code because it promotes affordability. Staff estimates that capacity for Affordable deed-restricted units will increase by 194% under the new code.
This information is all readily available on the city's website, the city comprehensive plan, the 2021 housing plan and staff public presentations.