A proposed amendment to affordable housing legislation would give local municipalities the option to use inclusionary zoning or rent control as a tool to fight Nevada’s housing crises.
Originally, Senate Bill 103 only included language to allow municipalities to reduce or subsidize certain fees, such as sewage fees, in order to aid developers. However, state Sen. Julia Ratti proposed the amendment Monday in response to concerns from local governments who fear a lawsuit if they acted on either policy without explicit legislative authorization.
Nevada is a Dillon’s Rule state, which means cities and counties must get state approval to adopt certain policies. Ratti said her interpretation is that cities already have power to adopt rent control and inclusionary zoning, a conclusion that was also reached by an interim committee on affordable housing that Ratti chaired.