City officials Friday released the final guidelines for a new incentive-based program for affordable housing production in Los Angeles near transit lines that was approved by voters last November as part of Measure JJJ.

The measure requires developers to build a certain amount of affordable housing if requesting changes to the city’s general plan or other zoning and construction rules for projects, but also directed the city to develop the Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program.

The guidelines are final and do not require the approval of the City Council. Under Measure JJJ, the city planning director has final authority on the program.

“Voters sent us a clear and resounding message last November: end the crushing affordability crisis,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Measure JJJ gives us a tool to do exactly that. The TOC program will help us build sustainable, inclusive housing along our growing transit network — so more Angelenos can wake up in safe and affordable homes, catch a train nearby, and get where they’re going on time.”

The program creates a new system of financial incentives for residential projects meeting certain affordable housing requirements that are located within one-half mile of a major transit stop.

The program also grants higher incentives to projects that are 100 percent affordable or closest to high-quality transit areas. Qualifying projects are allowed to have additional density or floor area ratio to encourage the construction of additional affordable units.

“Zoning and housing production are linked at the core, and with our desperate need for more affordable housing, the incentives contained in the updated TOC program, which are mandated by the voters, puts more density around public transit where it makes sense,” said Councilman Jose Huizar, chair of the Planning, Land Use and Management Committee.

“Along with other recent actions we’ve taken to increase affordable housing for all Angelenos, we can look forward to a more vibrant, livable and sustainable Los Angeles,” he said.

–City News Service

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