DCRP Workshop: LRT Station Area Affordable Housing Study
Prepared by the Land Use & Environmental Planning Workshop - Spring 2015
Summary: A team of DCRP graduate students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have conducted a study analyzing the potential for affordable housing of publicly-owned sites near future transit stations in Durham.
Background: In May 2014 the Durham City Council and the Durham County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution stating a goal of 15 percent of residential units within a ½ mile of future rail transit stations be affordable to those making 60 percent or less of the area median income (AMI). A major focus of the discussion leading up to passage of the resolution was the need for “land banking”, or the purchase and set aside of land for future development of affordable housing.
DCRP students, led by Dr. Emil Malizia determined if there are parcels already under the ownership of either the City or the County within future rail transit areas that could potentially be used for future affordable housing development. They were tasked with determining land characteristics that are optimal for development of affordable housing. To do this, they conducted a literature review as well as numerous interviews with local developers. Once the criteria were established, an analysis was performed to rate parcels owned by City or County against the criteria to determine potential suitability for affordable housing development.
Planning Workshops enable graduate students to apply skills attained in the Master of City & Regional Planning Program and to provide services to public and non-profit clients, the state, and its communities. In the spring semester of 2015, the Workshop participants conducted qualitative and quantitative research, developed this report, and presented findings and recommendations to the Durham Joint City-County Planning Commission.
Land Use and Environmental Planning Workshop, Spring 2015:
Christina Hurley, MCRP Candidate, 2015
Joshua Penn, MCRP Candidate, 2015
Avery Livengood, MCRP/MEM Candidate, 2015
Karina Grace, MCRP Candidate, 2015
Phil Hanson, MCRP/MPH Candidate, 2015
Melissa Auton, MCRP Candidate, 2015
Jasmine Kumalah, MCRP/MPH Candidate, 2015
Dr. Emil Malizia, Professor in UNC Department of City and Regional Planning