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Density bonus to go before Charlotte City Council next month

CHARLOTTE — Next month, the Charlotte City Council is expected to consider a text amendment that would permit housing densities well above what zoning regulations normally allow.

A public hearing for the so-called density bonus amendment is set for Dec. 17. If it is adopted, homebuilders would be allowed, conditionally, to build up to three units above the number permitted in R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5 and R-6 zoning districts.

The condition that would have to be met: 50 percent of the additional units would have to be priced for people who earn 80 percent of the area median income, which in Charlotte is $168,000. Also, the extra units would be allowed only in areas in which the average home value is at or above $153,000, eliminating neighborhoods where affordable housing typically is found.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department has said that the goal of the density bonus is to encourage affordable housing in areas that typically lack such housing.

Payton Guion can be reached at payton.guion@mecktimes.com.

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