Agenda Item 15A
December 5, 2017
Josh Hamlin, Legislative AttomeT'J
Bill 34-17, Housing - Moderately Priced Dwelling Units
Bill 34-17, Housing - Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDU s) - Amendments,
sponsored by Lead Sponsor Councilmember Floreen and Co-Sponsor Councilmember Rice, was
introduced on October 31. A Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee
worksession will be scheduled at a later date.
Bill 34-17 would:
clarify certain provisions of law related to moderately priced dwelling units
amend certain provisions oflaw related to the satisfaction of MPDU requirements;
amend certain provisions of law related to the sale and rental ofMPDUs
The Council enacted the County's Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit (MPDU) law in 1973
with several objectives. The law was aimed at furthering the objective of providing a full range of
housing choices for all incomes, ages and household sizes. In particular, the law imposed
requirements on the construction of affordable housing to meet the existing and anticipated needs
for low and moderate-income housing, and ensure that moderately priced housing was dispersed
throughout the County. It provided incentives to encourage the construction of moderately priced
housing by allowing optional increases in density including the MPDU density bonus to offset the
cost of construction.
The most recent substantial amendments to the MPDU law were made in 2004.
amendments extended the control period for for-sale MPDUs from 10 to 30 years, and for rental
MPDUs from 20 years to 99 years. The amendments also allowed different income eligibility