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Builders Challenge Affordable Housing Rule
(2006-02-28)
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(WUSF) - (AP) - Builders and real estate agents are filing a lawsuit in an attempt to strike down a new type of zoning regulation for housing developments that is meant to provide more affordable housing.

It's called inclusionary zoning. Tallahassee is the first city in Florida to pass an inclusionary zoning ordinance, but other local governments across the state are considering doing the same.

The Florida Home Builders Association says at least three counties (Palm Beach, Martin and Manatee) and two other cities (Palmetto, Sarasota) are considering similar policies.

Tallahassee's law requires builders to sell 10 percent of the homes in a new development for just over 159-thousand dollars, even if the market value is much higher. It applies to neighborhoods with 50 or more homes.

The goal is to create more affordable housing.

But builders say the plan forces them to raise prices on the rest of the homes in a subdivision to subsidize the lower-priced houses.

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