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The Inclusionary Development Policy requires that market-rate housing developments with ten or more units and in need of zoning relief support the creation of income-restricted housing through:

  • Inclusion of income-restricted units within their building;
  • Creation of income-restricted units at a location near their building; and/or
  • Paying into the Inclusionary Development Policy Fund.

The goal of the IDP is to leverage private development to create unsubsidized income-restricted housing primarily for households earning too much to qualify for a housing subsidy but not enough to afford a unit on the open market.  The IDP supports the creation of both rental units and homeownership opportunities. 

Since 2016 the BPDA has produced annual “Bridging the Gap” reports which provide an overview of what the IDP program has accomplished both over the reporting year as well as cumulatively since 2000. View the 2020 Bridging the Gap report.

Previous Reports

2019 Bridging the Gap
2018 Bridging the Gap
2017 Bridging the Gap
2016 Bridging the Gap