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Affordable Housing Supporters Demand Change in City Zoning Regulation

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Supporters of affordable housing are demanding a change in a city zoning regulation.

At a rally on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, a coalition called for the city's Inclusionary Zoning Policy to change from voluntary to mandatory.

The policy would require all large- and medium-sized developments to set aside permanent affordable housing units that would not expire or transition to market-rate housing.

Supporters of mandatory inclusionary zoning feel that under Mayor Bill de Blasio, they'll see the changes they want.

"We have an administration that I think believes in these policies in a way that we haven't seen in the past 12 to 20 years, so I'm excited about it," said City Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn.

"It's just haunting to think that over the last 10 to 15 years, affordability has really not been the first priority for our past administration," said Jonathan Gardenhire of the Smith Houses Resident Association.

A Neighborhood and Housing Development report estimates that the proposed policy could create 4,000 affordable units per year instead of the 400 created by the current plan.

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