Compact Neighborhood Affordable Housing Bonuses

For additional information contact:
Hannah Jacobson, 919-560-4137, ext. 28247, or email Hannah Jacobson

Upcoming Public Meetings

Two public meetings are scheduled to receive input and feedback on proposed updates to the Affordable Housing Bonuses offered in the Compact Neighborhood Tiers. This is not a rezoning of property, but an update to zoning standards already established.

Note: Both meetings listed below will cover the same material.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Durham City Hall, Council Chambers

101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Durham City Hall, Council Chambers

101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701

Affordable Housing Bonus Program Public Meeting - Comments Form
Compact Neighborhood Tier Affordable Housing Bonuses Handout (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions
What is an affordable housing bonus?

An affordable housing bonus is an increase in the number of housing units and building heights that are currently allowed under a specific zoning regulation, in exchange for building more affordable housing units that help the City and County meet its housing goals.

Where is the proposed affordable housing bonus to be in effect? What are Compact Neighborhoods?

Compact Neighborhoods are areas mapped on the Future Land Use Map near planned rail transit stations that are envisioned, over the long term, to host additional development that is higher density, mixed use, and walkable. There are 8 Compact Neighborhoods in Durham focused along the planned Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit corridor and the proposed Durham-Wake Commuter Rail Transit corridor. A map of the Compact Neighborhoods can be found here.

What are the highlights of the draft affordable housing bonus?

  • Multifamily housing developments where 15% of the total units qualify as affordable are eligible for density and height bonuses.
  • Developments that incorporate affordable housing can build up to 75 units per acre and up to 90 feet in height. Height is limited to 50 feet if the development is next to single-family neighborhoods.
  • Developments need to be designed in such a way to promote a walkable and human-scaled urban form.

Access the complete draft text amendment (TC1600005) here.

More information will be available online after May 18.