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In 4-1 vote, Howard planning board approves affordable housing proposal for downtown Columbia

In 4-1 vote, Howard planning board approves affordable housing proposal for downtown Columbia

In a 4-1 vote, the planning board approved the Kittleman administration's affordable housing plan for downtown Columbia that includes nearly 1,000 affordable units tied to a significant increase in housing density and reduced parking.

The package by the Kittleman administration includes a rare 40-year binding agreement with Howard Hughes Corp., Columbia's master developer, which provides affordable housing with varying levels of affordability based on the county's median income on top of the current cap of 5,500 residential units. The agreement, which freezes zoning regulations for a certain period, has not been finalized as negotiations continue.

As an advisory body, the...

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