2019 National Planning Conference

Affordable Housing and Growth Management

Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198002

Location: 2006

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  • Define the different types of affordable housing (rental and owner) and the differences between low-income and moderate-income housing,.
  • Demonstrate how local governments can provide flexibility in growth management regulations to accommodate affordable housing.
  • Describe how the non-profit sector is creating and maintaining affordable housing options.


Providing affordable housing has largely been left to the private sector which has little incentive to build affordable housing. The non-profit sector is working to fill the gap,especially in California where the State canceled local redevelopment authorities. Cities and counties in the San Francisco Bay Area are trying to manage growth as the population is expected to grow from 7.2 million today to 9.3 million in 2040. One case study will examine the rehabbing of affordable housing by a non-profit in Napa County, the nation's premier wine region, which has strong rural zoning to discourage development. A second case study will discuss how the City of Novato in Marin County re-authorized an urban growth boundary for 25 years with the proviso that the city council can expand the boundary primarily for housing for low-income households. Marin also has strong rural zoning.To provide a comparison, case studies of affordable housing efforts by government and non-profits in greater Seattle will be presented. Seattle has one of the most restrictive urban growth boundaries in the nation. Between 2000 and 2010, the population in King County outside the growth boundary actually decreased. Meanwhile, more than half of Seattle's households are renters.

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Session Speakers

Thomas L. Daniels
University of Pennsylvania
Lancaster, PA

Edward D. Blum, AICP
Dept. of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington
Mercer Island, WA

Ethan H. Daniels
EAH Inc.
Novato, CA