Real Estate

Tuolumne adjusts affordable housing

SONORA -- Tuolumne County supervisors Tuesday indicated they will require developers to provide housing for middle- income people, but not as much as in an initial proposal.

The board rejected a requirement that up to 20 percent of units in new developments be affordable to people making 120 percent or less of the county's median income of about $55,000. Instead, supervisors on Nov. 6 will consider setting the affordable share at 10 percent.

The original version would have barred owners of the af- fected homes from selling them at market prices for 50 years; the new limit is 15 years.

The board voted 4-1 to have county staff return next month with the detailed revision. Supervisor Liz Bass dissented.

Tuesday was the third time in the past two months that the board has discussed this idea, known as inclusionary zoning.

Supporters say housing prices have risen faster than incomes, leaving many people unable to buy in. Opponents say the market offers many affordable homes and that reducing prices for some new homes would be an unfair burden on developers.

The requirement would apply in unincorporated parts of the county but not in Sonora.

About a third of the state's cities and counties have inclusionary zoning, according to the California Coalition for Rural Housing, based in Sacramento.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors will consider the revised proposal on affordable housing at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the county administration building, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.