The Cambridge City Council’s Housing Committee delved into the inclusionary zoning report last night at the Citywide Senior Center for the first of their two hearings in May. Mayor Denise Simmons chaired the meeting and was joined by vice mayor Marc McGovern and councilors Craig Kelley, Jan Devereux and Dennis Carlone.
Since the purpose of the session was information gathering and generating questions for the consultant, David Paul Rosen & Associates, most of the councillors’ time was spent listening to public testimony. The consultants will be in Cambridge on May 31.
Questions from the audience included ...
- Should the Housing Authority or CDD be given the right of first refusal in the purchase of additional units?
- Is six units the lowest number of units that the rule should apply to?
- Should "substantial rehabilitation" be a criteria that triggers the inclusionary requirements as well as new construction?
- How will we evaluate the program?
- How much time is reasonable to get new inclusionary rules done?
- Is the proper time to review this policy after three years, not five?
- Do inclusionary units lower housing values in a city?
- How many mobile vouchers are there in Cambridge?
- How many current projects will be exempt because they are already in the permitting process?