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Transportation and Housing Connections

In Baltimore

presented at the

MAHRA Conference

Panel: Strategies for Connecting Transportation and Affordable Housing

May 21, 2014

Tamara Woods, City of Baltimore Department of Planning


Baltimore Income

Income Distribution in 2010

Median Household Income 2000 2010

Source: 2000 Census SF3, 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates




Current Tools for Creating Affordable Housing and Targeting Investment

  • Requiring Affordable units with Housing Authority (HABC) and HCD land

  • Projects using HOME, City Bond Funds and PILOTS

  • Inclusionary Housing Legislation

  • Planned Unit Developments

  • Housing Market Typology



Challenges To Creating Affordable Housing Near Transit

  • Baltimore is already “Affordable”: Inherent conflict between transit dependent very low income and cost of building new housing

    • Areas with cheaper land are lower income, so risk of income segregation

  • Cost of Land

    • High cost areas have cost land which prices out affordable housing

    • Land Assembly is expensive and time consuming

    • Zoning is not in place


Challenges To Creating Affordable Housing Near Transit

  • Connect affordable housing to the jobs outside Baltimore City.   

  • Need to create a housing market in some neighborhoods

    • Goal to create mixed income neighborhoods

    • Introduce new housing types

    • Reduce vacancy

    • Reduce and redistribute density by reconfiguring land


Policy shift where we are headed
Policy Shift: Where We Are Headed

  • Considering Small Developer Gap Financing tool in CAMP Plan

  • Creation of New and Improved Zoning Categories

    • New TOD Zones

    • Industrial Mixed Use (I-MU)

    • Lowering require lot area requirements for Single Family Detached and Semi-detached Dwelling Units

    • Lowering Parking Requirements



Oliver: Re-envisioning The Affordable Rowhouse

For sale units a maximum of 80% or 120% of AMI

Rental units maximums of 50%- 80% of AMI (based on the funding source).

Most tenants and home buyers are under 120% of AMI.


Historic Oldtown Mall

Somerset Homes

Grocery

Store & Parking

Mixed-Use including office

Fire Museum


Casino Areas Master Plan

  • Marketable as an area of regional housing choice

  • Capitalize on proximity to rail and transportation network

  • Capitalize on proximity Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Howard counties and Washington, DC.

  • Create a better balance between affordable and market rate housing


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