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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 [email protected].

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