Making sure affordable housing stays that way
Inclusionary housing policies -- the increasingly common practice of requiring affordable homes linked to new market-rate residential development -- need constant follow-up and careful record-keeping to ensure lasting affordability, according to new research published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. "Achieving Lasting Affordability through Inclusionary Housing," available for downloading as a working paper, is the largest research study of inclusionary housing programs to date. The research, by Robert Hickey, Lisa Sturtevant, and Emily Thaden, was conducted in partnership with the National Housing Conference’s Center for Housing Policy and the National Community Land Trust Network.
George W. McCarthy joins the Lincoln Institute
George W. "Mac" McCarthy officially began as president and chief executive officer of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy this week. McCarthy, part of the leadership of Metropolitan Opportunity at the Ford Foundation, succeeds Gregory K. Ingram, who retired last month. In the July issue of Land Lines, McCarthy wrote his first Report from the President, republished here at the At Lincoln House blog.
Protecting rural land, but not "fake farmers"
The policy of lowering property taxes on rural land helps protect farms and vital ecosystems, but reforms are needed to curb abuses, according to researchers at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. John E. Anderson and Richard W. England, authors of Use-Value Assessment of Rural Land in the United States, also suggest the policy be fined-tuned to take into account fairness and whether housing or other development might be appropriate on some parcels. The book notes “fake farmers” who enjoy low property tax bills, while using the land to sell firewood or Christmas trees to a few friends and neighbors, and others preparing land for development, taking advantage of the preferential assessment in the meantime.
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