Image: Trachtenberg Architects
An apartment building in West Berkeley that includes affordable units. Image: Trachtenberg Architects

In an op-ed published Monday on Berkeleyside, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and Laurie Capitelli, a member of the Berkeley City Council representing District 5, offer a solution to what they say is currently an imperfect approach to securing affordable housing in the city.

Their proposal — which is on tonight’s City Council agenda – is to create a “city density bonus” which would see developers who want to build housing pay a fee into the Housing Trust Fund.

“The developers would gain more units and the community would gain more affordable housing,” they say.

Read more about their reasoning in the op-ed piece in the Opinionator section, and share your reactions in the Comments section there.

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