The Louisiana State Senate has approved a bill that gives the state authority over municipal efforts to require inclusionary zoning provisions for the creation of affordable housing units in new residential developments.
According to a report from the Baton Rouge Advocate
, Senate Bill 462 prevents localities from mandating that developers adhere to a set-aside quota of low-income units in order to receive building permits for apartment, condo, single-family and other housing projects. The bill replaces the term “inclusionary zoning” with “voluntary economic incentive policies.”
SB 462 was approved by a 26-11 margin and goes to the Louisiana House for a vote. A similar bill was passed by the Senate last year, but stalled in the House after the New Orleans City Council promised to address the issue.