CLAREMONT -- The Claremont City Council approved elimination of an inclusionary housing requirement for rental housing property Tuesday because affordable rental housing can't be required in newly created rental developments that receive no help or incentives from local government.

The council approved the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance item at its regular city council meeting at the City Council Chambers, 225 W. Second St.

Brian Desatnik, director of community development for Claremont, said a recent California Court of Appeals case found the rental housing requirement and in-lieu fees based on the requirements violated a state law governing rent control.

Besides the rental housing item, council members voted to replace a long-term covenant requirement, which is when the city requires units to be affordable long-term, with a principal recapture and equity sharing agreement.

The recapture and equity sharing agreement, Desatnik said, is when apartment units are sold at market rate with the city recapturing the original principal and sharing a percentage of the equity appreciation.

Mayor Opanyi Nasiali asked if the change would result in a decrease of affordable housing.

"I don't believe it will result in a decrease," Desatnik said.

wes.woods@inlandnewspapers.com


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