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Transportation and housing connections in baltimore presented at the mahra conference

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


Transportation and housing connections in baltimore presented at the mahra conference

Baltimore Income

Income Distribution in 2010

Median Household Income 2000 2010

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




Transportation and housing connections in baltimore presented at the mahra conference

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



Transportation and housing connections in baltimore presented at the mahra conference

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


Transportation and housing connections in baltimore presented at the mahra conference

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



Transportation and housing connections in baltimore presented at the mahra conference

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.


Transportation and housing connections in baltimore presented at the mahra conference

Historic Oldtown Mall

Somerset Homes

Grocery

Store & Parking

Mixed-Use including office

Fire Museum


Transportation and housing connections in baltimore presented at the mahra conference

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