Builders are suing to end Pittsburgh’s ‘inclusive zoning’ rule

By Matthew Santoni (May 12, 2022, 1:25 p.m. EDT) — A group of developers and builders filed a federal lawsuit against Pittsburgh on Thursday, seeking to block a new “inclusive zoning” ordinance that will require them to include units for low-income residents in certain large new housing developments.

The Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh claimed that by requiring that at least 10% of any development over 20 units be set aside for low-income residents, the ordinance was an unconstitutional “taking” of their property without compensation and violated also Pennsylvania law placing local restrictions on businesses.

“Through the ordinance, the city improperly seeks to shift the onus to…

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