You might not be surprised to find research and data analyzing the impact of inclusionary zoning policies on the development or acquisition of affordable housing in jurisdictions throughout the country; however, new research published by two professors from George Washington University make the connection between these policies and cardiovascular health.
Inclusionary Zoning Policies: Development policies which may require or incentivize developers of multifamily residential buildings to set aside a certain number of units of housing to be affordable to low-income households within their market-rate development.
A recent article in the DCist by Ally Schweitzer, indicated that the study’s results showed that in jurisdictions with inclusionary zoning policies in place, “residents had ‘uniformly better’ cardiovascular health outcomes, including lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lower rates of prescribed blood pressure medication.”
Fairfax County was one of several local jurisdictions named in the article as having inclusionary zoning policies. The article pointed out that the authors focused specifically on inclusionary zoning policies “because they’re intended to bring low and moderate-income housing into higher-income areas where new development is taking place.”
“Inclusionary zoning is about creating complete communities full of opportunity in all its forms,” said Tom Fleetwood, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development. “We are very excited to see this and other research which is increasingly being presented that supports our view of affordable housing as more than just a bricks and mortar enterprise, but rather, as a fundamental determining factor in the ability of our residents to achieve successful outcomes in every aspect of their lives.”