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/ Dan Burden
Incentive zoning can help to advance a community's physical,
cultural and social goals by allowing land developers to provide
specific amenities and benefits in exchange for zoning incentives,
such as density bonuses. Density bonuses allow developers to build
more units than would normally be allowed in a zoning district
in exchange for preserving and enhancing designated resources
or providing other public benefits. Communities have successfully
used density bonuses as incentives for the protection of important
open spaces and for the provision of affordable housing.
Other incentives commonly offered to developers are adjustments
to height restrictions or modifications of some other requirements
in the underlying zoning ordinance.