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Faulconer Proposes Incentives For Developers To Build Smaller, More Affordable Units

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer during an interview on his new plan to get more affordable housing built in the city, Jan. 29, 2019.
Amita Sharma
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer during an interview on his new plan to get more affordable housing built in the city, Jan. 29, 2019.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has a new proposal on the table that would give incentives to developers to build smaller, more affordable units in areas close to public transit.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is proposing to give incentives to developers to build smaller, more affordable units in areas close to public transit.

The idea is to get more new housing units on the market faster in those areas. But it’s likely to be controversial since it could bypass input from local community planning groups and would allow taller and thus denser developments.

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City planning director Mike Hansen said he thinks the plan will enhance livability in San Diego by creating more affordable housing.

"We are growing as a city and that's primarily because of internal growth and by that, I mean our own children and grandchildren," Hansen said. "This is intended to ensure that we have a place for our children and grandchildren to live and a place that's affordable for them to live."

A public hearing on the mayor's proposal will be held on June 26 at 2 p.m at the Mission Valley Library.

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